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This knowledge path about infant mortality and pregnancy loss has been compiled by the MCH Library at Georgetown University. It offers a selection of recent, high-quality resources that analyze data, report on research aimed at identifying causes and promising intervention strategies, and describe risk-reduction efforts as well as bereavement-support programs. Separate sections identify resources on factors that contribute to infant mortality and pregnancy loss: birth defects, injuries, low birthweight and prematurity, pregnancy and preconception, and safe sleep environments. This knowledge path for health and social services professionals, policymakers, researchers, child care providers, and families will be updated periodically.


See Report of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM): Recommendations for Department of Health and Human Services Action and Framework for a National Strategy (2013) for a plan to reduce infant mortality in the United States. The report includes background on the problem of infant mortality in the United States, principles for a national strategy, and details related to six strategic directions for reducing infant mortality.

See the set of definitions presented by the Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Gateway, which describes the terms often associated with infant mortality and pregnancy loss.

See the set of statistics about infant mortality and pregnancy loss from the Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Gateway.

Resources for Professionals


Journal Articles, Reports, Briefs, Guides, and Multimedia Resources

Data and Statistics

News and Commentary

Resources for Families

Resources on Factors That Contribute to Infant Mortality and Pregnancy Loss

Birth Defects


Low Birthweight and Prematurity

Sleep Environment

Related MCH Library Resources

Infant Mortality and Pregnancy Loss: Knowledge Path, 6th ed. (November 2010). (Updated: November 2014).

Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Library.
Contributors: Jeanne Anastasi, M.A., Beth DeFrancis, M.L.S., and Tracy Lopez, M.S.L.S., National SUID/SIDS Resource Center.
Reviewers: Suzanne Bronheim, Ph. D., National Center for Cultural Competence; Stacey D. Cunningham, M.S.W., M.P.H., National Healthy Start Association; Hanan Kallash, R.N., M.S., First Candle; Olivia K. Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Library.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Library.