What is Infant Mortality?
Infant mortality is the death of an infant before his or her first birthday. The infant mortality rate is based on the number of infant deaths for every 1,000 live births. In addition to giving us key information about maternal and infant health, the infant mortality rate is an important marker of the overall health of a society.
As a nation, our Infant Mortality Rate is just under 6 deaths per 1,000 live births; and for the state of Oregon, the rate is even lower.
Unfortunately, our region of Southern Oregon experiences higher rates of infant mortality: Josephine county at 6.60 and Douglas county at 7.25, based on six-year averages.