Florida hits lowest rate ever for infant mortality

9:23 PM, Jun 17, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's infant mortality rate is at an all-time low.

State health officials credit improved prenatal and infant health care for the good news.

The infant mortality rate dropped from 6.4 out of every 1,000 live births in 2011 to 6 in 2012.

Florida's Department of Health announced the news on Monday. The department said four factors that are key in keeping the infant mortality rate low include women who are healthy before they get pregnant, early and regular prenatal care and making sure a baby is placed on his or her back when left alone in a crib to sleep.

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