The numbers don’t lie. In the Bootheel, the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) is significantly higher than the national average, and the highest in the state of Missouri. It is a real problem that affects mothers, families and entire communities.

  • 218

    babies died before their first birthday between 2003 and 2013.

  • 33%

    infant deaths in Missouri are in the Bootheel and St. Louis.

  • 14

    deaths per 1000 births were among African Americans, 9 deaths per 1000 were among Caucasians.

Source: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Infant Mortality Rate by County (2003 - 2013)

Bootheel IMR/1000 live births

  • Dunklin County


    Per 1000 Live Births

  • Mississippi County


    Per 1000 Live Births

  • Pemiscot County


    Per 1000 Live Births

  • Scott County


    Per 1000 Live Births

  • Stoddard County


    Per 1000 Live Births

  • New Madrid County


    Per 1000 Live Births

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General Reports

Growing Strong Together – Community Presentation

Prepared by Bootheel Babies & Families – April 2015

An introduction to the problem of Infant Mortality in the Bootheel, as well as an overview of the structure and goals of Bootheel Babies & Families.

Rates of Infant Death in the Bootheel – 2003-2012

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

This visual graph shows the number of infant deaths in the Bootheel, by specific county.

Preterm Births and Infant Mortality in Missouri

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services – 2013

A detailed overview of the IMR in Missouri, including the demographics of affected families and the risk factors they face.

Infant Mortality Rates – International and State Comparison

Prepared by Amy Lin, MPH – 2014

Compares statistics of various countries and states, and provides some context for the Bootheel’s significantly higher rate.

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Bootheel Babies and Families is an infant mortality reduction initiative funded and supported by Missouri Foundation for Health working in coordination with BNHI and MBRC.