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2012-09-04 02:29:48

Free text service raises awareness during National Infant Mortality Awareness Month WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- September marks National Infant Mortality Awareness Month and while millions of families prepare their children for a new school year, this is also a time to reflect on the thousands of families who have lost a child far too soon. The infant mortality rate (6 in 1,000 live births) in the U.S. is one of the highest among developed nations and...

2012-09-03 18:20:48

September Is Infant Mortality Awareness Month WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month and the March of Dimes is reminding pregnant women that every pregnancy, if it's healthy, should go to at least 39 weeks -- because even babies born just a few weeks too soon have a higher risk of illness and death in the first year of life than those born full-term. Prematurity is the leading cause of death in the first month of life....

2012-06-25 23:15:45

Government awards will enable health program to expand to more families in Southern California San Diego, CA (PRWEB) June 25, 2012 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have awarded multi-year grants to PCI for its California Border Healthy Start (CBHS) Project, totaling $1.25million. Continuing a DHHS grant from 2007-2012, the second phase of CBHS will be from 2012-2014. The grant is entirely by HRSA, and PCI was...

2012-05-10 10:26:23

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 1,000 fewer babies died before celebrating their first birthday between 2007 and 2008, and many of them had the benefit of a full-term pregnancy, according to data released today by the National Center for Health Statistics. The United States infant mortality rate declined 2 percent from 2007 to 2008. The rate dropped to 6.61 from 6.75 deaths for every 1,000 live births. The NCHS report found that all of this decrease in...

Niger Ousts Afghanistan As Worst Place To Be A Mother
2012-05-10 11:46:59

Just days before Mother´s Day, the Save the Children foundation released their 13th annual ranking of the best and worst countries to be a mom. To get these results, the foundation measured 165 countries in areas such as breastfeeding rates, infant mortality and mothers´ education. Norway, Iceland and Sweden have topped the charts, respectively, as the world´s best places to be a mother. America has risen to 25th place, up from last year´s 31st. According to this...

Preterm Births Soar Worldwide
2012-05-03 05:07:02

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com A new study, “Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth,” reports that almost half a million babies (12.0 out of 100 births) are born prematurely in the U.S. every year. This is a higher rate than 130 countries in the world, including many impoverished countries. In all the world, 15 million babies are born preterm, more than 1 million die as a result of being born early, and three-quarters of the babies could be saved if...

2012-02-17 11:09:19

Lack of standardization penalizes US and Canada Canada's ranking in international child health indexes would dramatically improve if measurements were standardized, according to a new study by researchers from the University of British Columbia, Dalhousie University, McGill University, the University of Calgary, and the Public Health Agency of Canada, working with the Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System and funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The study,...

2012-01-18 22:51:09

Sustainability is Key to Success, Says Study from Wake Forest Baptist A large regional hospital in Ghana saw a reduction in maternal and infant deaths after continuous quality improvement (QI) initiatives were put into place through a collaborative partnership. New research from lead author Medge Owen, M.D., a professor of obstetrical anesthesiology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, outlines how QI initiatives that demonstrate best practices and care can increase overall survival...

2011-11-18 03:50:38

First-ever World Prematurity Day honors 1 million premature babies who die every year The nation's preterm birth rate slipped under 12 percent for the first time in nearly a decade, the fourth consecutive year it declined, potentially sparing tens of thousands of babies the serious health consequences of an early birth. The national preterm birth rate declined to 11.99 percent last year, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, which released its report "Births:...

2011-11-17 11:01:00

First-Ever World Prematurity Day Honors One Million Premature Babies Who Die Every Year WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nation's preterm birth rate slipped under 12 percent for the first time in nearly a decade, the fourth consecutive year it declined, potentially sparing tens of thousands of babies the serious health consequences of an early birth. The national preterm birth rate declined to 11.99 percent last year, according to the National Center for...