U.S. has highest first-day infant mortality out of industrialized world, group reports

Among the infant deaths:

  • What was the gender ratio?
  • What was the circumcision status?
  • How many were Cesarean sections?

These are questions I would like answers to.

The top five countries to be a mom were Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and the Netherlands. The bottom five were Niger, Mali, Sierra Leone, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Because of their high infant mortality rates, the U.S. only ranked number 30 this year on the report, down five spots from the 2012 report. Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles told CBSNews.com she was shocked to find that out that the U.S. did so poorly.

“We do not do as well on many of those as the Scandinavian countries,” Miles admitted.

The 2013 edition focused on newborn mortality rates on the first day. The report’s authors stated that the first 24 hours of a child’s life are the riskiest.

More than 1 million babies worldwide die during their first day — even though there are low-cost technology interventions that can save the lives of 75 percent of those children, Miles pointed out.

Read more at U.S. has highest first-day infant mortality out of industrialized world, group reports – CBS News.

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