Sunday, September 07, 2014

U.S. Infant Mortality Statistics



United States:  6.3 infant deaths per 1000 of population
That makes us 33rd in the world.

RankCountry# Infant Deaths
1Iceland2.9
2Singapore3.0
3Japan3.2
4Sweden3.2
5Norway3.3
6Hong Kong3.7
7Finland3.7
8Czech Republic3.8
9Switzerland4.1
10South Korea4.1
11Belgium4.2
12France4.2
13Spain4.2
14Germany4.3
15Denmark4.4
16Austria4.4
17Australia4.4
18Luxembourg4.5
19Netherlands4.7
20Israel4.7
21Slovenia4.8
22United Kingdom4.8
23Canada4.8
24Republic of Ireland4.9
25Italy5.0
26Portugal5.0
27New Zealand5.0
28Cuba5.1
29Channel Islands5.2
30Brunei5.5
31Cypress5.9
32New Caldonia6.1
33United States6.3
34Croatia6.4
35Malta6.5
36Martinique6.6
37Poland6.7
38Greede6.7
39Guadeloupe6.8
40Hungary6.8
41Slovakia6.9
42Macau7.0
43Chile7.2
44Estoria7.2
45Puerto Rico7.2
46French Polynesia8.0
47Quwait8.1
48United Arab Emirates8.2
49Qatar8.2
50Lithuania8.5
51U.S. Virgin Islands8.6
52Malasia8.9
53Guam9.0
54Belarus9.4
55Costa Rica9.9
56Barbados10.1
57Latvia10.4
58Thailand10.6
59Sri Lanka11.0
60Bahrain11.2
61Serbia11.7
62Bulgaria11.8
63Boznia & Herzegovina12.0
64Oman12.3
65Trinidad & Tobago12.4
66St. Lucia12.6
67Ukraine12.8
68Uruguay13.1
69Reunion13.4
70French Guiana13.4
71Argentina13.4
72Jamaica13.6
73Bahamas13.8
74Maritius14.0
75Republic of Macedonia14.8
76Netherlands Antilles14.8
77Romania14.8
78Moldovia14.9
79Syria16.0
80Belize16.4
81Russia16.6
82Mexico16.7
83Aruba17.0
84Venezuela17.0
85Palestinian Territories17.5
86Lybia18.0
87Panama18.2
88Tonga18.6
89Saudia Arabia18.6
90Colombia19.1
91Albania19.2
92Jordan19.4
93Vietnam19.5
94Fiji19.5
95Tunisia19.8
96Ecuador21.1
97Peru21.2
98Nicaragua21.5
99El Salvador21.5
100Lebanon22.0
101Montenegro22.3
102Samoa22.3
103China23.0
104Phillippines23.1
105St. Vincent & Grenadines23.3
106Brazil23.6
107Kazakhstan24.1
108Cape Verde24.6
109Indonesia24.6
110Turkey27.5
111Suriname27.7
112Honduras28.2
113Vanuata28.3
114Armenia28.9
115Egypt29.3
116Dominican Republic29.6
117Guatemala30.1
118Morocco30.6
119Iran30.6
120Algeria31.1
121Paraguay32.0
122Grenada33.8
123Micronesia, Federated St.34.1
124Maldives34.1
125Georgia37.8
126Mongolia39.8
127Namibia42.3
128Guyana42.9
129Western Sahara44.2
130South Africa44.8
131Bhutan45.0
132Bolivia45.6
133Botswana46.5
134North Korea48.2
135Comoros48.4
136Haiti48.8
137Laos51.4
138Bangladesh52.5
139Krygyzstan53.1
140Gabon53.8
141Nepal53.9
142Solomon Islands54.5
143India55.0
144Uzbekistan55.0
145Eritrea55.3
146Ghana55.6
147Zimbabwe58.0
148Yemen58.6
149Tajikistan60.2
150Papua New Guinea60.7
151Cambodia62.7
152Mauritania63.0
153Kenya64.4
154Lesotho64.6
155Sudan64.9
156Madagascar65.5
157Senegal65.7
158Myanmar66.0
159East Timor66.7
160Pakistan67.5
161Congo70.3
162Swaziland71.0
163Sao Tome & Principe72.3
164Azerbeijan72.3
165Tanzania72.6
166Gambia72.2
167Turkmenistan74.7
168Uganda76.9
169Iraq81.5
170Djibouti85.3
171Ethiopia86.9
172Cameroon87.5
173Togo88.6
174Malaway89.4
175Equitorial Guinea92.3
176Zambia92.7
177Mozambique95.9
178Central African Republic96.8
179Benin98.0
180Burundi99.4
181Guinea102.5
182Burkina Faso104.4
183Nigeria109.5
184Niger110.8
185Rwanda112.4
186Guinea-Bissau112.7
187Conga, Dem Republic113.5
188Somolia116.3
189Cote d'lvoire116.9
190Chad119.2
191Mali128.5
192Angola131.9
193Liberia132.5
194Afghanisan157.0
195Sierra Leone160.3

Yes, the United States rates a SHOCKING 33rd in the world!  That means, 32 other countries have lower infant mortality rates than the United States, even though we supposedly have the best medical health care in the world!  Why is this the case?  One has to stop and consider why.  Is all this pitocin induction, electronic fetal monitoring, ultrasound examination, epidural anesthesia, forceps delivery and cesarean section helping to increase the number of live births?  Is being in the hospital for birth safer than being at home?  Is intervening frequently into the birth process and trying to medically manage birth resulting in better birth outcomes?
One might argue, there really isn't much difference between 2.9 and 6.3, only about three deaths per thousand.  However, in a highly populated country like the United States (300 million), three deaths per thousand means there are a lot more infant deaths in the United States each year than Iceland.


Infant Mortality statistics taken from United Nations World Population Prospects: 2006 revision – Table A.18, A.19

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