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Infant Mortality Awareness

Current Statistics  

Alaska Neonatal and Postneonatal Mortality Rates

1990-2012 (3 Year Moving Averages)

  • In 2012, 58 Alaskans died in infancy.
    • 34 infants were less than 28 days at the time of death (neonatal deaths).
    • 24 infants were 28 days to 1 year of age at the time of death (postneonatal deaths). 
  • In 2012, Alaska's infant mortality of 5.18 per 1,000 live births was ranked 15th among all states and was 15.4% lower than the national rate of 5.98 per 1,000 live births.
    • Alaska's neonatal mortality rate of 3.04 per 1,000 live births was the 3rd lowest in the country.
    • Alaska's postneonatal mortality rate of 2.14 per 1,000 live births was ranked 29th among all states.
  • Alaska's infant mortality rates during 2010 and 2011 (3.8 per 1,000 live births for both years) were the lowest ever recorded for the state and were lowest in the nation during those two years.  Although Alaska's rate increased in 2012, the rate remained lower than any year prior to 2010.
  • Alaska's infant mortality rate varies by region of the state, with lower rates in the Interior, Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley, and the Gulf Coast regions, and higher rates in the Northern and Southwest regions.