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Infant Mortality Awareness

Current Statistics

Alaska neonatal and postneonatal
mortality rates, 1980–2008
(3-yr moving averages)

The rates of post-neonatal and neonatal death has been decreasing

  • In 2008, there were 65 infant deaths in Alaska (Provisional data, subject to change)
    • 24 were less than 28 days of age (neonatal deaths)
    • 41 were 28 days to 1 year of age (postneonatal deaths)
  • In 2006, Alaska's infant mortality rate of 6.9 deaths per 1,000 live births ranked 27th among states in the U.S. By comparison, the state of Washington ranked #1 in 2006 with an infant mortality rate of 4.7.
    • Alaska's neonatal mortality rate ranked 14th.
    • Alaska's postneonatal mortality rate ranked 42nd.
  • Alaska's infant mortality rate varies by region of the state, with the lowest rates in Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley, and the Southeast, and the highest rates in the Northern and Southwest regions.
  • Although neonatal and postneonatal mortality rates have declined in Alaska since 1980, both have remained relatively stable during the past decade.