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Infant Mortality Documents and Data

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    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A13

    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1721

Infant Mortality Documents

These publications provide information about goals and objectives, guidelines, and data about the activities that improve the health of mothers and babies in Florida.  They are in a format called Portable Document Format (PDF).  You must get the Adobe Acrobat Reader (free) from Adobe to read the files.


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Infant Mortality Stratified by Maternal Age and Plurality in Florida

Florida's infant death rate reached an all-time low of 7.0 per 1000 live births in 2000. In the following years the rate increased to 7.3 in 2001 and 7.5 in 2002. The proportion of multiple births and births to older women has also increased in recent years and this has led to speculation that these factors might account for the increase in infant death rates. In this paper the influence of these factors on infant mortality is quantified using data for births that occurred in 2000 and 2001. It was found that while the increases in multiple births and maternal age have influenced the increase in infant death rates, the rates have also increased for single births to mothers age 20 to 35. There are factors, in addition to the increases in multiple births and older maternal ages, that have influenced the increase in infant mortality rates in Florida. Future analysis of trends in infant mortality will address additional factors such as birth weight specific mortality and trends in causes of death for infant mortality.

Infant Mortality Stratified by Maternal Age and Plurality in Florida: A comparative analysis of birth cohorts for 2000 and 2001 - [pdf, 31.3kb]

Infant Mortality Rates Compared To Race-adjusted Expected Rates

In 2001 there were 28 states with lower infant mortality rates than Florida's. Part of the variation in infant mortality rates among the states is associated with the variation in the racial characteristics of the state populations. In this analysis, adjustments are made to account for the variation in infant mortality rates associated with racial differences. When the states are ranked independently of the variation due to the racial characteristics of the populations, there are 13 states with lower infant mortality than Florida. 

Infant Mortality Rates Compared to Race-Adjusted Expected Rates by State for 2001 - [PDF, 155KB]

Infant Mortality and Low Birth Weight Rates Compared to Expected Rates by County for Florida

These papers compare county infant mortality rates and low birth weight percentages to the rates and percentages that would be expected for each county. The expected statistics are calculated to account for county differences in maternal education, marital status and race. Statistical tests are applied to identify the counties that have significantly higher or lower than expected infant death rates or low birth weight percentages.

Expected Rates by County: 2013- [PDF, 539KB]
Expected Rates by County: 2012- [PDF, 239KB]
Expected Rates by County: 2011- [PDF, 865KB]
Expected Rates by County: 2010- [PDF, 546KB]
Expected Rates by County: 2009- [PDF, 159KB]
Expected Rates by County: 2008- [PDF, 116KB]
Expected Rates by County: 2007- [PDF, 616KB]
Expected Rates by County: 2006- [PDF, 240KB]
Expected Rates by County: 2005- [PDF, 230KB]
Expected Rates by County: 2004- [PDF, 157KB]
Expected Rates by County: 2003- [PDF, 53KB]
Expected Rates by County: 2002- [PDF, 53KB]
Expected Rates by County: 2001- [PDF, 56KB]

Infant Mortality and Low Birth Weight Rates Compared to Expected Rates by Healthy Start Coalition Area

These papers compare county infant mortality rates and low birth weight percentages to the rates and percentages that would be expected for each Healthy Start Coalition Area. The expected statistics are calculated to account for differences in maternal education, marital status and race in each area. Statistical tests are applied to identify the areas that have significantly higher or lower than expected infant death rates or low birth weight percentages.

Expected Rates by Healthy Start Coalition: 2013- [PDF, 104KB]
Expected Rates by Healthy Start Coalition: 2012- [PDF, 100KB]
Expected Rates by Healthy Start Coalition: 2011- [PDF, 84KB]
Expected Rates by Healthy Start Coalition: 2010- [PDF, 48KB]
Expected Rates by Healthy Start Coalition: 2009- [PDF, 33KB]
Expected Rates by Healthy Start Coalition: 2008- [PDF, 27KB]
Expected Rates by Healthy Start Coalition: 2007- [PDF, 30KB]
Expected Rates by Healthy Start Coalition: 2006- [PDF, 25KB]
Expected Rates by Healthy Start Coalition: 2005- [PDF, 37KB]
Expected Rates by Healthy Start Coalition: 2004- [PDF, 37KB]
Expected Rates by Healthy Start Coalition: 2003- [PDF, 31KB]
Expected Rates by Healthy Start Coalition: 2002- [PDF, 22KB]
Expected Rates by Healthy Start Coalition: 2001- [PDF, 30KB]