Babies Pay for Detroit’s 60-Year Slide With Mortality Above Mexico's

Detroit’s Increasing Infant Mortality Rate

Bloomberg reports that the Motor City has an infant mortality rate higher than any other American city

by Team Ebony, June 12, 2014

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Babies Pay for Detroit’s 60-Year Slide With Mortality Above Mexico's

Babies Pay for Detroit’s 60-Year Slide With Mortality Above Mexico's

Poverty and blight in Detroit has caused it to have the nation's highest infant mortality rate.

Detroit’s 60-year deterioration has taken a toll not just on business owners, investors and taxpayers. It’s meant misery for its most vulnerable: children and the women who bear them.

While infant mortality fell for decades across the U.S., progress bypassed Detroit, which in 2012 saw a greater proportion of babies die before their first birthdays than any American city, a rate higher than in China, Mexico and Thailand. Pregnancy-related deaths helped put Michigan’s maternal mortality rate in the bottom fifth among states. One in three pregnancies in the city is terminated.

 

 
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