Which states are doing the most to keep babies alive?
By Sarah LeichtThe American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have both released their annual ranking of states and regions that best maintain the health of newborns, the first time they have done so.
The rankings, which are based on the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics’ infant mortality data, were released this week, which means they will be out for a bit longer.
The top-ranked state was Utah, which is ranked No. 1 for infant mortality.
That state is home to the first U.S. newborns ever treated in a hospital, which has resulted in more than 1,400 babies receiving life-saving care.
The state has the highest rate of neonatal deaths in the nation, with nearly 4,700 of the 4,726 babies born in Utah dying.
The Utah Hospital Association reports that in the first 24 hours of their life, about 1,100 Utah newborns died in their hospitals.
The next-highest-ranked nation was Wyoming, which ranks No. 3 for infant deaths, with 1,633 of the 2,093 babies born there dying.
That number, which includes all of the babies born during the month of December, is a little higher than the national average, at 2,078.
Wyoming is the state with the most infant deaths per capita, with 9 deaths per 1,000 residents.
Wyoming is not the only place in the country to be having a hard time keeping babies alive.
The CDC says that nearly half of the infant deaths in North America and the Caribbean are attributed to a lack of adequate prenatal care, which can include maternal infections, a poor environment, or simply not enough resources.