The rate of babies passing away before their first birthdays increased by 3% in 2022, the first year-to-year increase since 2002.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the infant mortality rate in 2021 was 5.44.
In 2022, the infant mortality rate for American babies was 5.60.
“The neonatal mortality rate increased 3% from 3.49 to 3.58, and the postneonatal mortality rate by 4% (from 1.95 to 2.02) from 2021 to 2022,” the provisional report states.
Between 2021 and 2022, infant boys’ mortality rate increased from 5.83 deaths per 1,000 live births to 6.06, the report details, noting that the increase in the mortality rate for female babies “was not significant.”
Babies of all races experienced an increased mortality rate except for Asian infants, whose mortality rate decreased from 3.69 to 3.50.
The study determined that one of the leading causes of death was maternal complications, which increased from 30.4 to 33.0.
Bacterial sepsis in newborns was another cause of death, increasing from 15.3 to 17.4.
Marie Thoma, a researcher from the University of Maryland, told the Associated Press that the findings are “concerning.”
“It’s definitely concerning, given that it’s going in the opposite direction from what it has been,” she said.
Other doctors blamed poverty, COVID-19, and abortion limitations, with Pat Gabbe, a clinical professor of pediatrics at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center saying, “Every time we’ve measured infant mortality, it has trended down, and what’s changed? COVID. It’s disrupted all the community support we developed that helped women access prenatal care.”
American Faith previously reported that babies of vaccinated women are 1.78 times, or 78%, more likely to contract COVID-19.
The study in the Journal of Medical Virology found that Newborns of vaccinated women “were 1.78 folds more likely to acquire SARS-CoV-2 infection during the first 2, 4 and 6 months of life during the Omicron period,” the study authors confirm.
“Importantly, maternal vaccination did not reduce the risk of neonatal SARS-CoV-2 infection during the first 6 months of life during the Omicron period,” they emphasize.
The authors nevertheless refer to COVID vaccines during pregnancy as “safe and highly effective in preventing maternal SARS-CoV-2 infection in pregnancy.”