On September 24 the Centers for Disease Control released a report that infant mortality in the United States was higher than 25 nations in Western Europe and Eastern Asia.
The CDC report investigated the causes of infant mortality. “Despite recent declines in infant mortality (4), the United States ranked 26th among the 29 OECD countries in 2010 (9), behind most
European countries as well as Japan, Korea, Israel, Australia, and New Zealand.”
This means that in the United States, more babies die before reaching the age of one year than in the vast majority of OECD countries.
The United States had the highest rate of death in the 37 week or later birth bracket. While the full term for a pregnancy is 40 weeks, at 37 weeks babies are sufficiently close to full term as to have the highest likelihood of survival.
While the CDC report found that America did better than three of the 29 OECD countries, a report prepared by Save the Children in 2013 found that the United States at the highest infant mortality rate in the industrialized world. The 14th annual issue of State of the World’s Mothers report ranked the United States 30 out of 168 countries.