How Healthy Are American Mothers?
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 13, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on the new State of the World’s Mothers report from Save the Children that ranks the U.S. as 30th in maternal health.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/how-healthy-are-american-mothers) notes, the report revealed that two women die from pregnancy-related causes in the U.S. every day. While the developing world is where the majority of newborn deaths occur, the U.S. doesn’t fare much better on other factors of maternal health; newborn babies are better off in some developing world countries, like Egypt and Turkey.
As the article “How Healthy Are American Mothers?” reports, the publication states, “A baby’s first day is the most dangerous day of life—in the United States and countries rich and poor. The United States has the highest first-day death rate in the industrialized world. An estimated 11,300 newborn babies die each year in the United States on the day they are born. This is 50% more first-day deaths than all other industrialized countries combined.”
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that a number of different factors play a role in the U.S.’s poor maternal health and infant death rates, compared to the majority of countries in
the industrialized world, including:
- Fewer planned pregnancies.
- Teen birth rates: More teenagers in the U.S. have children compared to every other industrialized country. These mothers are often poor and uneducated, and do not have the means to take care of themselves during pregnancy.
- Higher pre-term birth rates: The pre-term birth rate in the U.S. sits at one in eight births, and is one of the highest in the industrialized world (second only to Cyprus), with 130 countries having lower pre-term birth rates.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes by noting that the report recommends that healthcare policymakers improve access to education (educated girls are less likely to become teenage mothers and more likely to be healthier when they do become mothers), improve access to care (decreasing the first-day death rate of infants can be done for $3.00, according to the report), and increase support for mothers after childbirth.
(SOURCE: “Surviving the First Day: State of the World’s Mothers 2013,” May 2013, Save the Children web site; http://www.savethechildrenweb.org/SOWM-2013/#/2/zoomed, last accessed May 9, 2013.)
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