A new study shows that the United States’ newborn mortality rate is higher than countries such as Malaysia, Cuba, and Poland. In fact, there are 40 countries worldwide that have a lower newborn mortality rate than the United States. The study reveals that the US mortality rate for newborns is on par with Qatar, Croatia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Pediatrician Dr. Joy Lawn who works with Save the Children noted that the three leading causes of infant mortality are preterm delivery, asphyxia, and severe infections. All three causes are easily preventable with standard medical care.
Twenty years ago, the United States had the 28th lowest risk of infant mortality. The situation has deteriorated drastically in a few decades. This is an obvious and urgent public health concern that should be addressed and corrected immediately.
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