Keeping babies alive is one of Michigan's highest priorities. Infant mortality, the rate at which babies born alive die before reaching their first birthday, is a significant public health problem in our state. For every 1,000 babies born in Michigan, almost 7 die by age one. Infant mortality rates are much higher for certain racial and ethnic groups. The infant mortality rate for African American and American Indian babies is more than twice that of Caucasian Americans. Causes of infant mortality include serious birth defects, preterm birth before 39 weeks gestation, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), maternal pregnancy complications, and injuries.
Because infant mortality is so important, it is one measure selected by Governor Rick Snyder to gauge the health of Michigan's population. Infant mortality is publicly monitored on Michigan's performance dashboards, which were implemented by Governor Snyder to provide a quick assessment of the state's performance in key areas such as public health. To view the Infant Mortality Dashboard, click HERE.
- Choose my plate
Choose my plate
- Text 4 baby program
Text 4 baby program
- CDC Show Your Love campaign
CDC Show Your Love preconception health campaign
- Infant Mortality Reduction Plan
Infant Mortality Reduction Plan
- Breastfeeding State Plan
Breastfeeding support and promotion were identified in the strategies of the 2016-2019 Infant Mortality Reduction Plan. The State of Michigan Breastfeeding Plan builds upon the Infant Mortality Reduction Plan by outlining specific goals and strategies to advance breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity, and reduce disparities.