It may come as a surprise that the U.S. has so many cities with high infant mortality rates, especially considering that some of the world’s best hospitals are located in America. However, according to the new report released by Save the Children, there might be more such cities than we could have imagined, and babies from rich as well as poor families are dying across the U.S.
According to the report, among the 50 biggest U.S. cities examined, Las Vegas, San Jose, Seattle, San Diego and Tucson have the lowest infant mortality rates. On the other hand, the following cities turned out to have the highest infant mortality rates – read on to find out which ones, and what contributed to this:
When compared to other wealthy capitals in the world, Washington D.C. is the city with the highest infant mortality rate. The mortality rate is 6.6 deaths of children younger than one year per 1,000 births. This sounds scary, but what is even scarier is that this rate is an improvement from one decade ago when the rate was 15 deaths per 1,000 births.
Children born in poor areas of D.C. are far more likely to die prematurely, and this is primarily because healthcare education in Washington is very low, as Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children claims. Pregnant mothers usually have no or very little knowledge about the necessity of prenatal care. Babies in this city are dying at a higher rate than the average infant mortality rate in the entire U.S. which amounts to 6.1 deaths per 1,000 births.
In order to improve the situation, Washington is working towards creating better education, housing and employment opportunities, so women would have better chances of taking care of themselves and ultimately giving birth to babies who will be able to survive and grow up eventually. Although Washington is the city with the highest infant mortality rate when looking at the capitals of the developed world, there are U.S. cities with higher rates.