South Carolina’s infant mortality rate in 2011 remained stable at 7.4 deaths per 1,000 babies born, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Friday.
“Although the 2011 rate is 12 percent better than just five years ago, we still have a lot of work to do,” said DHEC Director Catherine Templeton. “Our goal is for every baby to be born healthy and live a long, healthy life.”
Templeton said a total of 57, 338 births were recorded in the state during 2011, but 423 infants died before their first birthday. The rate is identical to that of 2010, when there were 58,325 births and 430 infant deaths. Disparities can be seen when the numbers are broken down by race. The rate for white babies improved from 5.5 in 2010 to 5.0 in 2011. Black and other infants died at 2.4 times the rate as white infants in 2011. The previous year, the rate was 2.0 times that of whites.