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second worst newborn death rate in modern world!

The US has the second worst newborn death rate in the modern world! A baby is 3 times more likely to die before they turn 1 than in Japan and 2.5 times worse than Finland, Iceland, or Norway. Yet we spend the most on health care? How do you feel about this? Why do you think this is the case?

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Asked by jcsscfam5 at 2:54 AM on Oct. 16, 2008 in General Parenting

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  • because we use drugs and vaccines etc for our children. thats my opinion.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:55 AM on Oct. 16, 2008

  • Dang, thats pretty scary huh?

    Answer by KelsoBabeyy at 2:55 AM on Oct. 16, 2008

  • anon - i kind of think your right. I wonder if it has something to do with our high rate of c-sections (first in the world!!!) and low rate of breastfeeding.

    What do you think?

    Answer by jcsscfam5 at 3:03 AM on Oct. 16, 2008

  • well i said that because in other countries, they dont have these drugs and stuff that we try to make our country think they HAVE to take. Drugs themselves are not good for anyones body. yet in this case they are okay? its just very odd.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:06 AM on Oct. 16, 2008

  • drugs (not proven safe for infants), c-sections (proven not to be as safe/healthy), vaccines (toxic directly linked to death), bottle feeding (proven to increase death chance), babies being taken from their mothers right away (i think physical contact really matters), the unnatural stress of a hopital birth, all that jazz.

    Answer by jus1jess at 3:39 AM on Oct. 16, 2008

  • all that jazz lol. :)

    Answer by KelsoBabeyy at 3:42 AM on Oct. 16, 2008

  • What jus1jess said ;)

    Answer by TiffanyLove18 at 3:46 AM on Oct. 16, 2008

  • I agree completely with all of the above. I'd like to add: not sleeping with our babies (no, not safe for everyone). Newborn babies are so much safer matching their breathing to their moms. I mean, all of this stuff is just different in other countries where women are allowed to follow their maternal instincts without getting into fights with medical institutions.

    Answer by wondermeg at 5:34 AM on Oct. 16, 2008

  • what we do and don't do in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Women: we need to take this on! We need to educate each other, and be responsible in our choices. Hi tech is not producing better results. Do your research, or go to a reliable class to get educated about your choices in birth. More babies die in this county because they are bottle fed, than the babies who were rolled on in parent's bed. Yet all we hear is how dangerous it is to co-sleep. Hmph! Why not the dangers of formula? WE agree that cigarette smoking is dangerous. WE don't say you reduce risks when you don't smoke. we say :don't smoke it is dangerous. but when it comes to infant nutrition, different story. let me guess: $$$$$ it all has to do with Money. there is less money to be made in normal birth, and normal feeding, I mean breastfeeding. sorry.

    Answer by onlycathyo at 6:13 AM on Oct. 16, 2008

  • We spend the most on healthcare - yes - but you also have to consider how many people don't have it. There are still tons of women walking around with no prenatal care or subpar prenatal care.

    Answer by Serafyna at 7:27 AM on Oct. 16, 2008

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