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The U.S. is Not the Safest Place to Give Birth: Infant Mortality Rate Increase

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 09:36

After years of steady progress toward improved health in the U.S., there are signs of a downturn that may soon translate into movement in the wrong direction, according to a new report released here at the 132nd annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

The report, "America's Health State: State Health Rankings," uncovers key troubling trends: one including the first rise in infant mortality rates in four decades. The increase in infant mortality from 6.9 to 7.0 births per 1,000 puts the U.S. 28th internationally in infant mortality, as well as the finding that 14 states have preterm birth rates that exceed 13%.

This increase brings up much speculation and legitimate concern: If the US is so technologically advanced in health care why are we 28th internationally in infant mortality rate? Perhaps it is not technology that allows for safer, less complicated births... www.medscape.com/viewarticle/493512