Babies Health: The worst in the Industrialized World

This was the headline,

U.S. Worst Place in Industrialized World for Babies

These are the facts:

The United States has the highest first-day death rate in the industrialized world. More than 11,000 babies in this country die on the day they are born, which is 50 percent more first-day deaths than in all other industrialized countries combined. One reason is that the U.S. has a high preterm birth rate. It also has more teenagers giving birth than any other industrialized country. Babies born to teens are more likely to be premature and weigh less. The solutions involve everything from keeping young women in school longer to making sure every mom and baby has access to healthcare.

Read the article:

Medicynical Note:  The article also points out that “ it takes governments, nonprofits and citizens all working together to make such solutions a reality. There are daunting obstacles, from abject poverty to pure gender discrimination, that hamper their implementation. “

The findings in the Save the Children paper support MSNBC’s  Melissa Harris-Perry’s contention that raising healthy educated children is everyone’s (the community as well as the parent’s) responsibility.    Fox news once again blew it. 

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