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Walthamstow 1936

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]

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3. INFANT MORTALITY.

The deaths of infants under one year of age were:—

Males.Females.Total.
Legitimate333669
Illegitimate33
Total363672
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The death-rates of infants under one year of age per 1,000 live
births when calculated on the totals given by the Registrar-General
are therefore:—
Legitimate, 41; Illegitimate, 97; Total 42.
The Infant Mortality Rate for other areas during 1936 was as
follows:—
England and Wales 59
122 County Boroughs and Great Towns (including
London) 63
143 Smaller Towns (25,000 to 50,000) 55
London 66
Neo-Natal Mortality.
The neo-natal mortality is the number of deaths of infants
under one month per 1,000 live births. During 1936, 29 infants
died in the first four weeks of life, yielding a rate of 16.9.
For the last ten years in England and Wales the neo-natal
deaths have been approximately one-half of the total deaths under
one year of age.

Infant Deaths, Neo-Natal Mortality and Stillbirths.

Year.Live Births.Birth Bate.Stillbirths.Neo-Natal Deaths.Infant Deaths.
No.Per 1,000 live ■ births.Per 1,000 population.No.Per 1,000 live births.No.Per 1,000 live births.
19361,71512.85431.40.402916.97242
19351,67012.45734.10.423621.56237
19341,71512.66033.80.443520.47744
19331,67012.36537.40.474929.38953
19321,78913.28243.80.605530.810357
19311,94714.55929.40.435126.211056
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The neo-natal mortality for England and Wales for the
decennium 1921-30 was 33.
Reduction in the rate can only be expected from intensive and
skilled ante-natal care.
The following table shows the causes of death of children under
one year of age during 1936:—


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