CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina has made major strides in the effort to improve the outcome for babies born in the Palmetto State.
New research just released by the federal government shows that from 2005 to 2014, South Carolina's infant mortality rate dropped more than 20 percent.
That's compared to the 15 percent drop on average across the country for the same time period.
The data shows new lows in infant death rates for most women, except American Indian and Alaska Natives.
The report also shows a 29 percent drop in sudden infant death syndrome, which was the largest decline seen in the top five leading causes of deaths of babies under one year of age.
South Carolina ranks fourth in improvement scores with a 20.7 percent drop.
The District of Columbia saw the best results, with a 42.7 percent decline, followed by Vermont, Colorado, then South Carolina.
The state of Connecticut also reported above the 20 percent mark.
Infant mortality is considered a basic measure of public health for countries across the world.