US among worst in world for infant death
[What to do about it at the end]
By The Associated Press
Sun Nov 11, 6:32 AM ET
The United States ranks near the bottom for infant survival rates among modernized nations. A Save the Children report last year placed the United Statesahead of only Latvia, and tied with Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovakia.
The same report noted the United States had more neonatologists and newborn intensive care beds per person than Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom — but still had a higher rate of infant mortality than any of those nations.
The rate at which infants die in the United States has dropped substantially over the past half-century [there is the “good news”], but broad disparities remain among racial groups, and the country stacks up poorly next to other industrialized nations. [Here comes the HORRIFIC NEWS…]
In 2004, the most recent year for which statistics are available, roughly seven babies died for every 1,000 live births before reaching their first birthday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. That was down from about 26 in 1960.
Babies born to black mothers died at two and a half times the rate of those born to white mothers, according to the CDC figures.
Doctors and analysts blame broad disparities in access to health care among racial and income groups in the United States.
Not surprisingly, the picture is far bleaker in poorer countries, particularly in Africa. A 2005 World Health Organization report found infant mortality rates as high as 144 per 1,000 births — more than 20 times the U.S. rate — and Liberia.
Dr. Jamie’s Comment
I have published articles, chapters in books, and have told people more times than I can count:
“You are safer having your child at home with a qualified midwife than you are having your child in a traditional hospital with a traditional birth”
Now, there are a few clarifiers on this.
Listen to the midwife.
She will tell you to do things your doctor will not. Like what to eat, how to exercise, how much to exercise, which vitamins to take, which vitamins not to take, etc.
I believe the reason why home births are so much safer is for 3 reasons
- The medical doctors do things completely unnatural – completely different than mother nature intended – and the medical doctors will not hesitate to cut, do surgery and use drugs that usually only complicate things
- Mothers who do home births are usually doing other natural things to promote the health of the baby and themselves through out the pregnancy.
- One of the biggest reasons I think, if the mother is having the baby at home, they are not usually stuck in the emotion of fear.
Women who have their babies at the hospital usually are doing so out of “fear” of what might happen. What if. What could happen. And the emotion of fear is very detrimental to life. And not just at childbirth, but during any disease process, or during any health process for that matter. Fear only produces chemicals that inhibit growth and healing.