Infant mortality is an indicator of the general health of an entire population. It reflects the relationship between causes of infant mortality and upstream determinants of population health such as economic, social and environmental conditions. Deaths occurring during the first 28 days of life (the neonatal period) in particular, are considered to reflect the health and care of both mother and newborn.
Reducing infant mortality overall and the gap between the richest and poorest groups are part of the Government's strategy for public health (Health Lives, Healthy People: Our Strategy for Public Health November 2010).
Lancashire-12 area's poor performance on a range of indicators of the health of pregnant women and babies, and the impact this has on the families and children for the rest of their lives, means that partners in the area should ensure that improving maternal and infant health is a priority. Joint working at a strategic level would maximise improvements in this area.
The safer sleep for baby campaign aims to raise awareness of safer sleeping for babies and focuses on six easy steps for parents/carers to follow to make sleep safer, and potentially reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (cot death).
Monitoring infant deaths remains a priority and the Child Death Overview Panel 2013-2014 (PDF 700 KB) annual report provides information on trends and patterns in the deaths reviewed in the last reporting year (2013-14) and on all deaths since the panel began in 2008, across Lancashire-14.
For further information the National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network provides detailed infant mortality and stillbirth profiles at a local authority and clinical commissioning group level.
Further analysis and data
Infant and perinatal mortality in Lancashire-14 (XLSX 425 KB)
Page updated November 2016