Snapshot of Premature Births and Infant Mortality in Galveston County Dana Wiltz-Beckham, DVM Chief Epidemiologist
Galveston County 1999-2002 • 18% of ALL births were to Black women. • 28% of PREMATURE births were to Black women.
Texas 1999-2002 • 11% of ALL births were to Black women. • 16% of PREMATURE births were to Black women.
Infant Mortality 108 total deaths among children <1 year of age for 1999-2002 in Galveston County
Infant Mortality Link to Premature Births • CDC: Premature births was the major reason of 3% rise in US infant mortality (2002). • Rise related to advancements in technology and neonatal care. • Other causes: hospital reporting, maternal anemia, chronic high blood pressure, diabetes.