1:16pm

Thu September 17, 2009
WVAS Local

Alabama's Infant Mortality Rate Decreases

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Alabama's infant mortality rate is
declining but is still one of the worst in the nation.
Statistics released Wednesday by the Alabama Department of
Public Health show that in 2008, there were 9.5 deaths for every
1,000 live births in the state, down from 10 deaths per 1,000 in
2007.
The numbers show a significant jump in infant mortality rates
among Hispanics - from 7.3 deaths per 1,000 live births to 8.9.
Assistant State Health Officer Tom Miller says access to
prenatal care for Hispanics is a continuing issue.
State Health Officer Don Williamson predicted Alabama would
trail only Mississippi and Louisiana.