US Among Worst in the World for Infant Death - page 4

"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... Read More

  1. by   EmmaG
    Quote from x_coastie
    my bad i guess i miss understood the title of the thread
    yeah, your bad. seems you missed the words "among" and "for infant death".
    Last edit by EmmaG on Nov 16, '07
  2. by   EmmaG
    *clap*

    Nicely put Alois.
  3. by   Alois Wolf
    For us to be the "best" if at all possible, do you agree that we also have to be our greatest critics?
  4. by   nurse32
    The reason the infant mortality in the US is larger is because we save most babies before they reach the infant stage when they are still in the newborn stage.
    Because we save that many more babies, we have more sick infants and so, more die in the infant stage.
  5. by   nurse32
    (While death rates due to some of these causes (prematurity, low birth weight, maternal complications, RDS, sepsis, cardiac defects related to diabetes) could be improved by better and more consistent prenatal care, some would not (congenital abnormalities, chromosomal abnormalities).[/quote])


    My sister was 5 months pregnant when her baby underwent surgery and had a balloon inserted in his tiny pulmonary valve. It was so narrow, that blood could barely pass, and if he would not have had the surgery, he wouldn't have survived another week (surgeons words).
    He also has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, and there is a chance that the left side will improve also because he had surgery done on the left side of his heart while 5 months gestation.
    He is now an 11 months old, with lots of life, and alive thanks to the prenatal care his mother had.
    So, prenatal care DID save this baby's life even though he had a congenital cardiac defect.
  6. by   Jolie
    Quote from nurse32
    (While death rates due to some of these causes (prematurity, low birth weight, maternal complications, RDS, sepsis, cardiac defects related to diabetes) could be improved by better and more consistent prenatal care, some would not (congenital abnormalities, chromosomal abnormalities).
    )


    My sister was 5 months pregnant when her baby underwent surgery and had a balloon inserted in his tiny pulmonary valve. It was so narrow, that blood could barely pass, and if he would not have had the surgery, he wouldn't have survived another week (surgeons words).
    He also has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, and there is a chance that the left side will improve also because he had surgery done on the left side of his heart while 5 months gestation.
    He is now an 11 months old, with lots of life, and alive thanks to the prenatal care his mother had.
    So, prenatal care DID save this baby's life even though he had a congenital cardiac defect.[/QUOTE]

    Thank you for your post. You are right, and I mis-spoke. While prenatal care won't prevent congenital or chromosomal abnormalities, it certainly can be crucial in diagnosing them early, and offering options for early intervention.

    Best to your family and your precious little nephew!
  7. by   stevesf
    CNN? Washington Post? What do you expect, but the worst possible news about the worst possible country? Of course, there are lots of people here (Critical thinking anyone?) willing to believe this tripe without asking the obvious questions.

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