Elliot turned 3 on Friday. So right now seems to be a perfect opportunity to talk about his birth and also Global Newborn Health Facts.
He was my 2nd baby, so in some ways it was easier since we knew what was going to happen. Quinn’s birth a few years earlier was definitely eye-opening for Peter and I!
We did have a few tiny complications during Elliot’s birth that made it more “interesting” than Quinn’s birth but in reality they were just tiny bumps in the road. In fact so tiny it’s hard to recall all the details 3 years later. Clearly the most important fact to us is the healthy birth of our 2nd child. I wish all families had that opportunity!
I was lucky. I had a relatively healthy pregnancy and uncomplicated labor. I believe a HUGE reason why is because of the access to quality maternal healthcare we have in the United States.
Global Newborn Health Facts
Unfortunately that is not the case for many families throughout the world. Little things that are easily fixed and addressed here cause much bigger long-term complications in other parts of the world. It also leads to an extremely high and unacceptable number of newborn deaths.
Did you know:
- that nearly 3 million newborns die each year globally?
- hat 99% of these newborns die in low- and middle-income countries?
- that a newborn is 45X times more likely to die in the first month of life, when compared to age 1 month to 5 years?
- that the major causes of newborn death are prematurity, infection, and birth asphyxia when a baby’s brain and other organs do not get enough oxygen before, during or right after birth are?
- that complications of preterm birth are the second leading cause of death in children before their fifth birthday?
- that the majority of these newborn deaths can be prevented?
3 MILLION? That is crazy. And what’s crazier is that most of the deaths can be prevented. Hand washing to prevent infections and treating maternal infections can do a world of good. In fact it SHOULD do the WORLD good.
You can get involved in the global conversation about newborn health. The Global Newborn Health Conference (newborn2013.com) is happening RIGHT NOW (April 15 – 18, 2013) in South Africa with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID’s Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program, Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives (SNL), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
- Follow on the conversation on twitter, #newborn2013
- Learn more at the Newborn Health Tumblr site.
- Watch the Global Newborn Health Conference live via webcast.