U.S. has second worst newborn death rate in modern world, report says

If you are pro-life, then it’s this that should concern you: CNN.com:

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.

…The “Mothers’ Index” in the report ranks 125 nations according to 10 gauges of well-being — six for mothers and four for children — including objective measures such as lifetime mortality risk for mothers and infant mortality rate and subjective measures such as the political status of women.

Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children, said the report card “illustrates the direct line between the status of mothers and the status of their children.”

“In countries where mothers do well, children do well,” he said in a written statement accompanying the report.

…As Americans celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, “5,000 mothers will mourn the loss of the newborn they bear that very day in the developing world,” said Anne Tinker, director of Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives initiative.

“All children, no matter where they are born, deserve a healthy start in life,” Melinda Gates wrote in a foreword to the report, which was funded in part by the foundation she runs with her husband, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

…The report highlights the three areas it says have the most influence on child well-being: female education, presence of a trained attendant at birth and use of family planning services.

Educated women, the report said, are more likely to marry and give birth later in life, to seek health care and to encourage education for their children, including girls.

The report said that family planning and increased contraception use leads to lower maternal and infant death rates. Many women and children in developing nations, it said, die as a result of births that come at the wrong time — too close together, too early or too late in the mother’s life.

2 responses

  1. Did you also catch this fact from the article you posted?

    “The report said that family planning and increased contraception use leads to lower maternal and infant death rates. Many women and children in developing nations, it said, die as a result of births that come at the wrong time — too close together, too early or too late in the mother’s life.”

    I thought it would be particularly important to “pro-lifers.”

  2. Actually Jessica, yes, and it’s important it’s quoted.

    There are multiple ways of looking at being pro-life. It’s not as one dimensional as our political leaders make it – in order to divide us – and get our votes.

    People are more nuanced then they give us credit for.

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