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Infant Mortality Reaches New Low in California

Infant mortality in California fell to a new low of 4.9 deaths per 1,000 births in 2009. This beat the previous low that was reached in 2006 with five deaths per 1,000 births. Public health officials think that a possible reason might be better health choices being made by pregnant women. Racial and ethnic disparities still exist with the mortality rate for blacks declining from 12.1 per 1,000 in 2006 to 10.6 in 2009. Also noteworthy, the overall birth rate in California reached its lowest point since 1935. Read more here.