The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate infant mortality rates are on the way down.
According to Roger Wallace of St. Vincent Healthcare Maternal Fetal Medicine, infant mortality rates have decreased from 6.8 per thousand live births to 6 per thousand. He says one of the significant contributing factors to infant mortality rates is pre-term birth and that too isn't happening as often.
"If you reduce significantly the largest single cause of mortality than you're obviously going to have an impact on overall mortality rate. And again I can't emphasize enough pre-term birth accounts for two thirds of the infant mortality in this country," says Wallace.
Sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS, maternal complications, and congenital anomalies are also contributing factors to infant mortality, which also are on the decline.