WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) --Maryland's Governor Martin O'Malley announced Wednesday that the infant mortality rate for the state remains at 6.7 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2011.

In 2009, the rate dropped to 7.2 per 1,000 births. Then in 2010, the rate further dropped to a rate of 6.7. The rate has remained here, marking the second consecutive year with this record low rate.

O'Malley made the announcement at theAnne Arundel Medical Center and was joined by theMaryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein.

The O'Malley Brown Administration made driving down the infant mortality rate one of their 15 goals to improve the quality of life in Maryland.

Governor O'Malley says, "Over these past few years we've made great strides. We've been able to expand health care access to young women and parents, build on local public health efforts and educate new parents on safer sleep practices."

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