Infant Mortality Disparities Fact Sheet


  • African Americans have more than twice the infant mortality rate as whites. African American infants are almost 4 times as likely to die due to complications related to low birth weight as compared to white infants
  • The top three leading causes of infant deaths for African Americans are:
    1. Low-birth weight
    2. Congenital malformations
    3. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • African Americans had 2.1 times the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) mortality rates as whites.
  • African American mothers were 2.6 times more likely than white mothers to begin prenatal care in the 3 rd trimester, or not receive prenatal care at all.
  • The infant mortality rate for African More >

Reduce the chances of a baby dying

*Prenatal Care – Prenatal care saves lives. Call the doctor if you think you might be pregnant.

*If you are pregnant or even think you might be pregnant, do not use alcohol, tobacco or drugs.

*Reduce your stress levels.

*Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet.

*When putting baby to sleep, follow the ABC’s of sleep: Alone, on the Back, in a Crib! At bedtime, naptime, everytime!

*Office of Minority Health and the March of Dimes


Immunizations (or vaccinations) aren’t just for babies and young kids. We all need shots to help protect us from serious diseases and illness. Everyone over age 6 months needs a seasonal flu shot every year. Here are some other shots people need at different ages:

Young children:

  • Children under age 6 get a series of shots to protect against measles, polio, chicken pox, and hepatitis.


  • All 11- and 12-year-olds need shots to help protect against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, and meningitis.
  • Doctors recommend girls also get the HPV vaccine to protect against the most common cause of cervical cancer.


  • All adults need a tetanus shot More >