Infant Mortality is Higher in the United States Than the Rest of the Developed World
The death of a newborn can be a devastating event for new parents. That's why prospective parents should be aware of the staggering statistics regarding infant deaths in the United States.
A recent study conducted by Health Affairs has revealed shocking details on the unusually high infant mortality rate in the United States. From 1961 to 2010, the United States has ranked considerably higher than 19 other wealthy nations that are part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, just ahead of New Zealand.
An article by Time points out that roughly 300,000 infant deaths could have been prevented in the past 50 years had the United States kept up with OECD's decline in infant mortality. While the infant death rate per 10,000 babies born has experienced a drastic reduction since 1961, the US still lags behind other OECD nations.
A leading cause of infant mortality
According to the Health Affairs study, research concludes that infant mortality was 75 percent higher in the US than other developed nations from 2001 to 2010. One of the leading causes of infant mortality is birth injuries. Statistics show that 134 out of every 100,000 infants born die from a birth injury.
Contributing to the overall statistics of infant mortality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists preterm birth among the top five causes of infant mortality. Infants that are born before the initial due date can suffer health complications that can lead to permanent disabilities or death. Preterm birth accounts for 17 percent of infant mortality. It can result in breathing problems, feeding difficulties, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, as well as other complications.
Other leading causes of infant mortality include birth defects and maternal pregnancy complications. That's why childbirth professionals should always take the health of the prospective parents into consideration. An injury or defect caused at birth can have devastating or even fatal consequences for the child.
What can be done to prevent infant mortality?
We as a nation can and must do better to prevent birth from going wrong and endangering the lives of children. We encourage anyone preparing for childbirth to seek the aid of professionals who can help reduce the risks associated with birth and create a more safe and focused environment for newborns.
At Tyrone Law Firm, we understand the pain and suffering an infant death can cause to families. If you suspect malpractice during your own experience, or the experience of a loved one, contact us immediately to find out how we can help.