The Alabama Department of Public Health announces that the infant mortality rate is trending downward. The new infant mortality rate is 8.6 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2013, and that is lower than the 8.9 rate recorded in 2012. While disparities in pregnancy outcomes by race persist, the 2013 infant mortality rate for black infants was at 12.6, that is its lowest level ever. In contrast, the infant mortality rate for white infants increased from 6.6 in 2012 to 6.9 in 2013. The percent of births to teenagers in 2013 was the lowest ever recorded, at 9.3 percent. And the percent of births to teens less than 18 years of age was also a record low 2.6 percent.