Did You Know? – Infant Mortality Rates

I love movies like “The Business of Being Born” and “Pregnant in America”.   Yet they do a little twisting of data, and it kind of bothers me.

You’ve probably heard it – “The United States has one of the highest rates of infant mortality!  We are killing our babies because our obstetrics care is HORRIBLE!  HORRIBLE, I TELL YOU!!!!”

My response?  “Yeah…….. whatever you say.”

I believe that there are issues with our birthing system, sure.  I believe that there are things to be changed and women to be educated and Cytotec to take away from doctors.  But infant mortality rate doesn’t tell me anything about obstetrics in the United States or anywhere else.

PERINATAL mortality, however, measures deaths from roughly the month before to the month after delivery.  This number will have significantly more weight on our obstetrics practices.

Did you know that the U.S. has one of the lowest perinatal mortality rates globally?

So relax, moms-to-be.  Don’t let anyone scare you with numbers of infant mortality.

Want more info?  http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2006/9241563206_eng.pdf

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