Just read a fascinating article on a report from the CDC. It states that the death rate among infants has dropped 4 percent between 2006 and 2011. Check out the article at http://www.intelihealth.com/news/fewer-infants-dying-than-before-cdc-reports?level=0
Dr David Mendez, one of the neonatologists quoted in the article, states that the drop in infant death rates is due to
1. The result of more women carrying to term
2. Improved ability to care for preterm infants
While neonatal care is certainly not a strength of mine, I do know that some of these advances have come from the discipline of respiratory care. While not specifically mentioned in this article, I suspect that recent advances in neonatal ventilation, especially non invasive neonatal ventilation, surfactant therapy, improved resuscitation and oxygenation have contributed to some of that improved care.