State’s infant mortality rate rose slightly in 2012

Infant mortality rates statewide increased slightly in 2012, according to a research brief from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The number of infant deaths increased from 247 in 2011 to 254 in 2012, or a rate of 6.3 per 1,000 live births.

The leading causes of infant death in Kansas are low birth weight, birth defects, sudden infant death syndrome or suffocation in bed and maternal complications, according to a news release.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most recent national infant mortality rate is 6.05 per 1,000 live births in 2011.

The brief can be found at