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  • Black infant death rates down, but gap persists

    Boston Globe - 08/29/2014

    The statewide mortality rate for black babies — 8.2 per every 1,000 births — was higher than Boston’s.

    Building social networks with other pregnant women is critical for mothers-to-be, said Elmer Freeman, a Northeastern University specialist in the study of health care disparities. The city has sought to nurture those networks with support groups known as “women’s circles.”

    With scientific advances, the infant mortality rate fell dramatically in recent decades, dropping about 3 percent a year for both black and white babies since 1935. That year, there were 81.9 deaths per 1,000 live birth for black babies, while the rate for white babies was 51.9, according to the report.

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