Marion County Officials Cite Infant Mortality Decline
Dr. Virginia Caine (WIBC.com photo: Mike Corbin)
Infant mortality is on the decline in Marion County.
Marion County Health Department Director Dr. Virginia Caine says the number of infants dying is falling, but she adds the figures should be even lower. The latest figures show infant mortality in white babies dropped from 9.9% in 1984 to 5.2% in 2012.
In black babies the figure fell from 25.2% in 1984 to 12.7% last year. In Latino babies, infant mortality dropped from 7.4% in 2011 to 6.1% in 2012. Dr. Caine cites greater access to pre-natal care and a decline in smoking and alcohol use among expectant moms.
Caine says smoking rates among expectant moms in Marion County remains higher than the 9% national average though. She says they're working on addressing that issue with more public outreach and education programs.