Number 2, 2010
The joy of birth and the sorrow of losing a newborn are profoundly personal experiences. Still, to some extent, both infant births and deaths are associated with numerous social and environmental factors. These factors include maternal health and level of access to, and quality of, health care (MacDorman and Mathews 2008). Moreover, infant mortality has been recognized as a relatively reliable marker of societal well-being (Gortmaker and Wise 1997). Therefore, it is important that we examine infant mortality rates throughout the state of South Dakota.
South Dakota State University
Khatiwada, Saileza; Cummings, Jake; and Kayongo-Male, Diane, "Rural Life Census Data Center Newsletter: Birth and Infant Mortality in South Dakota" (2010). Census Data Center Newsletter. 4.