US newborns are two times more likely to die if they are black, CDC reveals

US newborns are two times more likely to die a preventable death if they are black, CDC data reveals Overall infant mortality in the US has fallen since 2005, new CDC data reveal  But three times as many black babies died in 2017 as did white infants under one The most common causes of death for babies on the whole were birth defects  For babies of black mothers, preterm births and low birth weights were responsible for the majority of infant deaths  Stress is a major cause of early deliveries, and some experts think racism itself drives the disparities between black and white infant deaths  

By Natalie Rahhal Deputy Health Editor For Dailymail.com

Published: 04:59 BST, 1 August 2019 | Updated: 05:00 BST, 1 August 2019

View
comments

Black babies in the US are still more than twice as likely to die in infancy as are white babies, disheartening new data reveal. 

In 2017, 22,341 American infants died before their first birthdays, according to the numbers released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

But whereas less than five out of every 1,000 white infants perished, nearly 11 out of every 1,000 black babies lost their lives. 

Infant mortality rates in the US have fallen year-over-year since 2005 but, as is the case with so many public health gains, this improvement doesn't apply to all Americans equally. 

In 2017, nearly 11 out of every 1,000 black babies born in the US died within their first year of live - more than double the number of white infants that didn't see their first birthdays

In 2017, nearly 11 out of every 1,000 black babies born in the US died within their first year of live - more than double the number of white infants that didn't see their first birthdays 

Black and Hispanic Americans are still more likely to be uninsured or under-insured, suffer high rates of chronic disease and obesity, and are less likely to have a regular health care provider. 

Healthcare for women in general and women of color in particular has sparked ire and outrage from many public health advocates. 

The US has the worst maternal

read more from dailymail.....

Get the latest news delivered to your inbox

Follow us on social media networks

PREV One year of obesity slashes women's chances of surviving cancer
NEXT 'Rock up and walk out': The simple 45 minute workout Australia's fastest ...