No direct answer as to exactly how , but it is ranked highest among the former Soviet Republics in Domestic output, as a high-income economy by the World Bank, as an Advanced Economy by the IMF and the United Nations classifies It as a developed country with a High Human Development Index, ranks high in press freedom(3rd in the World in 2012 -"Reporters Without Borders")-. All reflective of a healthy growing society. Also, the Estonian govt. grants one of the parents 100% of their salary for 18 months and the right after the 18months to resume former position,plus 320 Euros of one-time support per child. And parent and child receive free health care. Although the birthrate had already increased significantly before these measures were instituted , think these facts show that Estonia has been on an upward trend overall since breaking of from the former Soviet Union. Visited there in 2003 and its a beautiful country, with amazing historical buildings, the capitol Tallinn is full of super nice people and just has a general good feel about it.:-)
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Infant mortality in Estonia is about 3.3 death per 1000 births - 0.33% (not 3.3% as in previous comment). And I believe that the death rate in 1970 wasn't 17,7%, it was probably 17.7 deaths per 1000 births - 1.77%.
But how did Estonia reduce infant mortality? The answer is that when Estonia was occupied by Soviet Union, the people in Estonia were just slaves in the feudal country with all outcomes. Now people in Estonia are free people in free country and tax money is used for people and not for guns.