Editorial: Infant Mortality

One in six babies in Alabama is born premature.

The number of babies who die before their first birthday in Alabama is higher than it has been in 10 years, and nearly double the national average.

Montgomery County's infant mortality rate is more than double the national average with a sharp increase in the past year.

One big reason for the increase - no pre-natal care - because of no access to some form of insurance to pay for it.

Another is the increasing number of women who smoke during pregnancy.

Smoking contributes to low birth weight in babies - and that is a key factor in infant mortality.

Both need to be addressed to insure more babies are born healthy.

Some mothers do all they can and babies are still born premature and your support in research to help decrease premature births helps.