The nation's infants and mothers will not have the survival rates in 1990 that health officials hoped for a decade ago, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control.
Of the 13 top-priority goals concerning pregnancy and infant health in the government's 1990 health objectives for the nation, only three are likely to be met, the CDC said Thursday."It's certainly sobering and concerning," said Dr. Ann Koontz, a specialist with the Health Resources and Services Administration in Rockville, Md. "This indicates that we have some significant problems relating to maternal and infant health."
The CDC, using National Center for Health Statistics data, projects that the nation's infant mortality rate - infants dying before age 1 - will be 9.1 per 1,000 live births.
That's a drop from the 10.6 rate in 1985 but still short of the 9.0 rate in the 1990 objectives, which were published in 1979.
Based on earlier data from 1970-81, health officials had projected a 1990 infant mortality rate of 7.8, but "the decline in the infant mortality rate has slowed," the CDC said.
The reasons, Koontz said, are not known for certain: "It's a very complex field. We'd all like to see improvements, but there's not been a simple solution."