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Sussex County Public Health Profile Report

Neonatal Mortality Rate: Deaths per 1,000 Live Births, 2016-2020

  • Sussex
    95% Confidence Interval NA
    NA=Data not available.
    ** Number too small to calculate a reliable rate.
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Why Is This Important?

Neonatal mortality is an important indicator of newborn and maternal health status and medical care (pre- and post-delivery).

How Are We Doing?

Two-thirds of infant deaths occur in the neonatal period. The neonatal mortality rate in New Jersey has been decreasing, yet disparities exist across the state and by maternal and infant characteristics. The rate among children of Black mothers is 2 to 3 times that of other racial/ethnic groups and most of the counties with high neonatal mortality rates are in South Jersey. The leading causes of neonatal mortality are the same as those among all infants: short gestation (prematurity)/low birth weight and congenital anomalies. These two causes account for about 40% of neonatal deaths.

What Is Being Done?

The [ Division of Family Health Services] in the New Jersey Department of Health administers several programs aimed at improving children's health, including reducing infant mortality. In an effort to improve health outcomes among Black infants and mothers in New Jersey, six maternal and child health agencies across the state were awarded $4.3 million in grant funding in July, 2018, as part of the Department of Health's "[ Healthy Women, Healthy Families]" initiative. In addition to these funds, the Department devoted $450,000 to implement a doula pilot program in municipalities with high Black infant mortality rates. [ Nurture NJ] is a multifaceted initiative to eliminate racial disparities in birth outcomes.

Healthy People Objective MICH-1.4:

Neonatal deaths (within the first 28 days of life)
U.S. Target: 4.1 neonatal deaths per 1,000 live births


** The number of deaths is too small to calculate a reliable rate.

Data Sources

Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health   Linked Infant Death-Birth Database, Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health  

Measure Description for Neonatal Mortality Rate

Definition: Rate of death occurring before 28 days of age in a given year per 1,000 live births in the same year Infant mortality is death within the first year of life. It is divided into two components: death before the 28th day of life is neonatal mortality; death between 28 days and one year is postneonatal mortality.
Numerator: Number of resident deaths occurring under 28 days of age in a given year
Denominator: Number of live births to resident mothers in the same year

Indicator Profile Report

Neonatal Mortality Rate (exits this report)

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The information provided above is from the Department of Health's NJSHAD web site ( The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Sat, 18 May 2024 15:35:55 from Department of Health, New Jersey State Health Assessment Data Web site: ".

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