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Lamaze Celebrates New CDC Report on Infant Mortality Rate in the U.S

Statement From:
Maria Brooks, BSN, RNC-OB, LCCE, FACCE
President, Lamaze International

Media Contact:  
Melissa Zuckerman, JPA Health Communications,

Washington, D.C. (December 11, 2015)—This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report highlighting the decrease in infant mortality from 2013 to 2014. The infant mortality rate declined 2.3 percent, from 596.1 infant deaths per 100,000 births in 2013 to a historic low of 582.1 in 2014. The CDC report indicates the only significant change among leading causes of infant death was a 13.5 percent decrease due to respiratory distress of newborn. It is not clear what specifically caused the decline in the infant mortality rate, but researchers believe that the decline may be associated with the simultaneous drop in preterm birth and respiratory distress of premature newborns.                                                

Lamaze celebrates this milestone with other childbirth educators and women’s health advocates, and look forward to maximizing opportunities to continue this success. Not only is the infant mortality rate a strong measure of our country’s overall health and well-being, but it is also reflective of the progress across our nation’s health system.

Although this is great news, there is still more to do in continuing the downward trend of infant mortality rate, and the maternal mortality rate, globally. We know that childbirth interventions, including elective inductions and cesarean surgeries, can contribute to increased maternal and neonatal mortality. A concerted effort to reduce elective deliveries that are not medically necessary can improve birth outcomes for mom and baby.

Evidence-based childbirth education can help expecting parents navigate the maternity-care system and optimize their chances of having a safe and healthy birth.amaze has adopted the evidence-based Six Healthy Birth Practices to educate women so they can feel confident in making informed decisions. These Six Healthy Birth Practices are the foundation for Lamaze’s childbirth education classes and have helped prevent increased harm from routine procedures such as elective early delivery and early admission in labor.

Click here for more information on how women can have the healthiest and safest birth.

About Lamaze International

Lamaze International advances safe and healthy pregnancy, birth and early parenting through evidence-based education and advocacy. Knowing that pregnancy and childbirth can be demanding on a woman’s body and mind, Lamaze serves as a resource for information about what to expect and what choices are available during the childbearing years. Lamaze education and practices are based on the best and most current medical evidence available. Working closely with their families, health care providers and Lamaze educators, millions of pregnant women have achieved their desired childbirth outcomes using Lamaze practices. The best way to learn about Lamaze’s steps to a safe and healthy birth is to take a class with a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE). To find classes in your area, or for more information visit



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