(CBS Charlotte) — With all of the medical advances a country like the United States has had over the years, why does our country have the worst survival rate in the industrialized world for newborn babies?
Can you imagine driving to the hospital with extreme excitement, as the arrival of your bundle of joy is a few hours away — only to return home days later with an empty car seat, and have to plan a funeral for your child?
A recent report released by Save the Children, reveals shocking information about newborn deaths on the first day of life in the United States. In our country, 11,000 newborns die each year on the day that they were born. Globally, a million babies die on the day that they were brought into the world. The report also suggests that up to 75 percent of these deaths are preventable, and that the newborn could be saved with inexpensive interventions.
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While it’s not precisely clear why the United States is lagging in newborn care, our country has one of the highest rates of preterm births in the world. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC,) one out of every nine babies born in the US is premature. Some medical problems associated with preterm babies range from low birth weight to difficulty breathing. More serious problems may also include the baby’s lungs not being developed during the time of delivery, infections, heart problems, or internal bleeding.
Steroid injections may drastically reduce the risk of a mother delivering a preterm baby, however, some mother’s may miss the warning signs of preterm labor, and may not seek medical treatment in time to prevent her baby from being born prematurely.
Preterm labor spans from your 20th week of pregnancy to your 37th week of pregnancy. The onset of preterm labor usually begins with contractions during this time frame. Here are some additional symptoms to be aware of:
- Backache in your lower back, which may be irregular.
- Cramping in your lower abdomen which may also be accompanied by diarrhea.
- A feeling of pressure in your lower abdomen or pelvis region.
- Feeling nauseous, with or without vomiting.
- Your baby has decreased movement inside the womb.
If you experience any of these symptoms during your pregnancy, be on the safe side and seek medical attention immediately.
-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte