There are 42 countries that have a better infant mortality rate than the US! What are they doing that we are not doing? Midwifery is the model of care for their pregnant women! Home birth is also a viable option for them to choose.
CNN reported “Wednesday, May 10, 2006; Posted: 12:02 p.m. EDT (16:02 GMT)
(CNN) — An estimated 2 million babies die within their first 24 hours each year worldwide and the United States has the second worst newborn mortality rate in the developed world, according to a new report.
American babies are three times more likely to die in their first month as children born in Japan, and newborn mortality is 2.5 times higher in the United States than in Finland, Iceland or Norway, Save the Children researchers found.
Only Latvia, with six deaths per 1,000 live births, has a higher death rate for newborns than the United States, which is tied near the bottom of industrialized nations with Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovakia with five deaths per 1,000 births.
“The United States has more neonatologists and neonatal intensive care beds per person than Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, but its newborn rate is higher than any of those countries,” said the annual State of the World’s Mothers report.”
For the full article go to http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/parenting/05/08/mothers.index/
What the heck is going on! Why in the world in such a prosperous nation is this not changing? Continue reading »