Did you know excellent nutrition, prenatal care, and parents becoming educated about pregnancy can help prevent preterm birth?
Preterm birth is when a baby is born too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy have been completed. In 2016, preterm birth affected about 1 of every 10 infants born in the United States. Preterm birth rates decreased from 2007 to 2014, and CDC research shows that this decline is due, in part, to declines in the number of births to teens and young mothers. However, the preterm birth rate rose for the second straight year in 2016. Babies born too early (especially before 32 weeks) have higher rates of death and disability. (See more at the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/pretermbirth.htm)
At birth, a newborn baby is still attached to its mother through the umbilical cord, which is either cut very early – within the first 60 seconds – or later, with some women opting to wait until after the cord has stopped pulsating. Though the right timing for cutting the cord – also referred to as clamping – is widely debated, a new study suggests delaying cord clamping by 2 minutes results in better development for the newborn during the first days of life. Continue reading…
“Despite a health care system that outspends those in the rest of the world, infants and mothers fare worse in the U.S. than in many other industrialized nations. The infant mortality rate in Canada is 25 percent lower than it is in the U.S.; the Japanese rate, more than 60 percent lower. According to the World Health Organization, America ranks behind 41 other countries in preventing mothers from dying during childbirth. […]”
10 procedures to think twice about during your pregnancy.
“10 Overused Procedures: Of course, the idea is not to reject all interventions. The course of childbirth is not something that anyone can completely control. In some situations, inducing labor or doing a C-section is the safest option. And complications are the exception, not the norm. But when they’re not medically necessary, the interventions listed below are associated with poorer outcomes for moms, babies, or both.”
Click here to read the top 10 Overused Procedures from ConsumerReports.org.
“The U.S. infant mortality rate, an important measure of a country’s overall health, fell just a little bit in 2010, federal health researchers reported Wednesday.
Birth defects and low birth weight were the two leading causes of newborn death, the survey by the National Center for Health Statistics found. And babies born to teenage mothers were the most likely to weigh too little, the NCHS, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said.
They report that the U.S. infant mortality rate was 6.14 infant deaths per 1,000 births in 2010, which is just 4 percent lower than the rate of 6.39 in 2009. This adds up to 24,572 babies who died at or around birth in 2010.
The United States may be one of the richest countries in the world, but has a very high rate of infant mortality compared to other wealthy countries […]“