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Infant births and mortality provide key information about maternal and infant health. Major racial and ethnic group statistics are also presented to promote health equity and to reduce differences in health outcomes that are preventable, unjust, or unfair. While infant births have dropped in Beaufort County from 2011 to 2020, infant births have been steady in Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper Counties during the same period. In 2020, Beaufort County’s infant mortality rate was the highest at 6.5 deaths per 1,000 live births.

Data Notes
Definition Live Birth:  The complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of human conception, irrespective of the duration of pregnancy, which, after such expulsion or extraction, breathes or shows any other evidence of life, such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles, whether or not the umbilical cord has been cut or the placenta is attached.

Infant Mortality:  Death of a live born infant under one year of age. Rates are expressed per 1,000 annual live births.
Data Source S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), S.C. Community Assessment Network (SCAN)
Last Updated May 2024