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Infant Mortality in Mississippi

  Infant mortality in Mississippi

  • The infant mortality rate measures the number of infant deaths — children under one year of age — that occur for every 1,000 live births.
  • Mississippi's average infant mortality rate has been around 9 deaths per 1,000 live births in recent years: the highest in the nation.
  • The infant mortality rate for African-Americans in Mississippi is about twice that among whites.

  Leading causes of infant mortality

  • Premature birth or low birth weight
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Birth defects
  • Accidents
  • Maternal Complications

  Protect your baby before it is born

  • Mothers should work to be in good health prior to becoming pregnant: address any chronic medical problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
  • Eat a healthy diet supplemented with prenatal vitamins such as folic acid.
  • Get a healthy amount of exercise.
  • Stop smoking, drinking alcohol or using recreational drugs.
  • Get early and continuing prenatal care throughout the entire pregnancy, and follow the advice of your doctor.

  Protect your baby after it is born

  • Make sure your baby receives appropriate care, including regular examinations, and all scheduled vaccinations.
  • Breast-feed your baby, if possible.
  • Place your babyto sleep on its back (not stomach!) in a baby bed with a firm mattress with no covering, pillows, bumper pads or toys.
  • Don't let anyone smoke around your baby, and make sure that anyone who wants to hold or touch your baby washes their hands first.
  • Avoid exposing your baby to respiratory infections and other illnesses.

  MSDH programs to prevent infant mortality

  • MSDH provides maternity services statewide to women through Country Health Departments. For more information Click Here.
  • Our Women, Infant and Children's Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC) provides nutritional food packages to pregnant and nursing women and their infants annually. For more information Click Here.
  • Our Perinatal High Risk Management/Infant Services System provides a system of care to pregnant women at high risk for health complications. For more information Click Here.
  • MSDH screens every infant born for 40 different genetic disorders, allowing for rapid diagnosis and follow-up intervention. For more information Click Here.

Contact

For more information, contact:

Mississippi State Department of Health
570 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
Jackson, MS 39216-4538

Juanita Graham, DNP, RN, FRSPH
Office of Health Data and Research
601-576-8109
juanita.graham@msdh.ms.gov

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