Center for Reducing Health Disparities

September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

 The National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) has worked with federal legislators to designate September as Infant Mortality Awareness Month. Infant Mortality is a serious issue that affects our nation’s health. NHSA has developed a campaign, Celebrate Day 366…Every Baby Deserves a Chance, to celebrate babies living beyond the first year of life. With the infant mortality rate so high across the U.S, an infant living beyond their first birthday is a huge accomplishment for many families.

The Celebrate Day 366…Every Baby Deserves a Chance Infant Mortality Awareness Campaign supports and inspires people from around the nation to take action in support of the Healthy People 2020 goal to improve the health and well-being of women, infants, children and families. Be part of the generation that ensures that every baby has a chance…To take their first step. To say their first word. To graduate from college. To become President. To Celebrate Day 366.

Did you know that in 2005, the latest year that the international ranking is available for, the United States ranked 30th in the world in infant mortality, behind most European countries, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and Israel?  Educational discrepancies are also apparent across color lines when confronted with infant mortality. The infant mortality rate for African American mothers with over 13 years of education was almost three times that of Non-Hispanic White mothers in 2005.

Significant savings can accrue from enabling mothers to add a few ounces to a baby’s weight before birth. An increase of 250 grams (about 1/2 lb) in birth weight saves an average of $12,000 – $16,000 in first year medical expenses. Prenatal interventions that result in a normal birth (over 2500 grams or 5.5 pounds) saves $59,700 in medical expenses in the infant’s first year.

Learn more about infant mortality at:  http://www.nationalhealthystart.org/what_we_do/infant_mortality_awareness_campaign.  Be sure to Tweet about it and send it back to @NatlHealthyStrt.

 

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