Fifty-six percent of infant mortality occurs within 7 days from the day of birth. This goes up to 75 percent within the first 28 days. The remaining infant mortality (25 percent) occurs after the first 28 days and before the first birthday.
At the beginning of this century, each year still more than 1 thousand infants died in the first year. By 2015 the number stood at 561, with the infant mortality rate reaching its lowest level at 3.3 per thousand live births. Various factors have contributed to the decline in infant deaths, including a decreasing number of teenage mothers, improved prenatal screening and the decline in multiple pregnancies. In addition, previously established guidelines to prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) continue to have a positive effect on preventing infant deaths.
|Jaar||Infant mortality rate (per 1,000 live births)|
More baby deaths among young mothers and over-45s
The infant mortality rate is by far the highest among women who were under the age of 20 when their child was born, averaging 10.3 per thousand live births between 2015 and 2019. Teenage mothers are comparatively more likely to be in an unfavourable socio-economic position, which is associated with lower infant survival rates. At 3.0 per thousand live births, the infant mortality rate is lowest among 30 to 34-year-old mothers. The infant death rate is higher again among mothers aged 40 and over.
|Leeftijd||Mortality rate (per 1,000 live births)|
|Age of mother|
|Under 20 yrs||10.3|
|20 to 24 yrs||5|
|25 to 29 yrs||3.9|
|30 to 34 yrs||3|
|35 to 39 yrs||3.1|
|40 to 44 yrs||3.7|
|45 yrs and over||4.5|
Infant death rate in the Netherlands similar to EU level
In 2018, infant mortality in the Netherlands was equal to the EU average with 3.5 deaths per thousand live births. At 6.0, the death rate was highest in Romania and Bulgaria. Croatia, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Denmark also had higher infant mortality rates than the Netherlands. The rate was lowest in Estonia, Slovenia and Sweden, with 2.0 or fewer deaths per thousand live-born babies.
|Land||Infant mortality rate (per 1,000 live births)|
|Source: CBS, Eurostat|