Rodriguez, Bound and Geronimus say infant mortality rates fluctuate by presidential party relative to general downward trend
"How the President’s Political Party Affects Infant Mortality Rates" - The Atlantic. 2/19/2014.
Javier Rodriguez, John Bound, and Arline Geronimus found that infant mortality rates were about 3% higher during years in which a Republican was president compared to a Democrat, 1965-2010. Geronimus says "Infant mortality has been sensitive to all sorts of social contextual factors—from nutritional factors, to access to health services, to stress during pregnancy. One might imagine [these factors] would be affected by political climates, ideologies, or policy."
Additional Media Coverage:
"Do Republican presidents produce higher infant mortality rates?" - Washington Post. 2/14/2014.
"Are Democratic Presidents Better for Babies?" - LiveScience. 2/17/2014.
"Democrat US presidents means less child mortality" - Business Standard. 2/18/2014.