The Central Intelligence Agency is estimating birth injury death rates for countries around the world and their numbers are troubling for the United States of America. The agency’s estimates for 2012 have the US having a higher birth injury death rate than most industrialized countries including the United Kingdom, the European Union, and New Zealand. Even South Korea ranks better than our own country.
Overall, the US ranks 174th with a birth injury death rate at 5.98 per 1,000 births. Since this tracks actual deaths not injuries, the US may actually fare far worse when it comes to severe birth injuries that are not fatal such as Erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, and brachial palsy.
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