Infant Mortality in Minnesota

Infant mortality, the death of an infant in the first year of life, has a profound impact on families, extended families, and communities and serves as an important indicator of the health and well-being of a population.

In 2010:

  • 68,407 babies were born to Minnesota residents
  • 313 of those babies died before their first birthday


Minnesota Infant Mortality Data Book This report provides statewide data in infant mortality including infant mortality rates by age of mother, race of mother and birth weight of infant.

Disparities in Infant Mortality (PDF 4274 KB/66 pages)
This report describes the current status of infant mortality by race and ethnicity of mother in Minnesota looking at age at death, cause of infant death and the characteristics of mothers and infants. This report also summarizes public health efforts to address infant mortality. Published January 2009

Trends in Natality, 1990-2003 - March 2005 (PDF: 192KB/10 pages)
The last section in this report provides a short historical perspective on infant deaths in Minnesota.

The Birth Certificate and Medicaid Data Match Project: Initial Findings in Infant Mortality
This report describes infant mortality by Medicaid status and race/ethnicity of mother in Minnesota.


Infant Mortality Data Sources

Minnesota Health Statistics Annual Summary
The Minnesota Health Statistics Annual Summary is a report published yearly, ten to eleven months following the close of a calendar year. A broad range of summary statistical data for the state of Minnesota, as well as some county-level data, is presented including infant mortality.

Minnesota County Health Tables
The Minnesota County Health Tables is an annual compilation of public health data for Minnesota and its 87 counties. Five-year infant mortality rates by county are included in the natality section.


MDH Links

Maternal and Child Health Section

Office of Minority and Multicultural Health

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Updated Thursday, 10-Oct-2013 11:12:22 CDT