Infant Mortality figures for Bradford District

Across the Bradford District, between 40 -70 infants die each year; however, the latest published data shows a further reduction in infant mortality rates to 5.9 per 1000 live births (2011-2013) which follows a downward trend for the last six years.

Bradford District Infant Mortality Rate (3 year rolling data)

(3 year rolling data)
2007-2009 2008-2010 2009-2011 2010-2012 2011-2013
Bradford District
Rate per 1,000 live births
8.0 7.9 7.5 7.0 5.9

Bradford Council, the NHS and other partners have been working hard to tackle the causes of infant mortality, but more needs to be done over the next few years to support babies and families.

The Every Baby Matters (EBM) programme aims to improve maternal and infant health and reduce infant mortality across the Bradford District. The EBM action plan draws together a number of local activities and programmes that partners are already working on and prioritises these into an overall action plan which will help reduce the infant mortality gap.

This builds on the 10 recommendations of the Bradford District Infant Mortality Commission (IMC) and sets the agenda for continued progress in this crucial area. The focus is now on making changes in six key areas which will lead to improvements in babies’ health and these include:

  • Child poverty – including unemployment, education and housing
  • Nutrition and breastfeeding
  • Early access to pre-conception, maternity and infant care and prevention and early intervention for at risk families
  • Parenting and vulnerable families
  • Smoking, alcohol and substance misuse
  • Genetic inheritance awareness.

Pregnancy and early infancy are critical times to provide a safe and secure environment to support immediate health needs and provide the foundations for future development of children. Hence plans for future include more development and integration of health and early year’s services.

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