Alabama revitalizes perinatal regionalization system to help reduce infant mortality rate

Historically, Alabama has high infant mortality rates. Through revitalizing the state’s perinatal regionalization system, Alabama reported a reduction in the infant mortality rate in 2017 followed by another drop in 2018 to a new record low of 7 deaths per 1,000 live births. The enhanced perinatal regionalization system helped achieve these results by facilitating the coordination of care across facilities and ensuring babies are treated at hospitals equipped to provide the appropriate level of care.

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