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Washingtion infant mortality rate below U.S. rate but rates vary between groups and from county to county

Washingtion infant mortality rate below U.S. rate but rates vary between groups and from county to county

The overall infant mortality rate in the US–the number of children who die during the first year of life for every 1,000 live births–was 5.90 in 2015. Washington’s rate was significantly lower, 4.8, giving the state the 8th lowest infant mortality rate in the nation.

January 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
A poor neighborhood in Chicago looks to Cuba to fight infant mortality

A poor neighborhood in Chicago looks to Cuba to fight infant mortality

Cuba, a poor country, may seem an unlikely role model for American health care but its infant mortality rate, at 4.3 per 1,000, is lower than the United States’ 5.7 per 1,000 and much better than the rate of 14.5 per 1000 rate seen in the Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, comparable to war-torn Syria.

January 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
New maternal mortality strategy relies on ‘medical homes’

New maternal mortality strategy relies on ‘medical homes’

The medical homes provide the most advanced obstetrical care, but they also seek to alleviate nonmedical circumstances that could put mother and child in jeopardy, such as addiction, domestic abuse and a lack of secure housing and healthy food.

December 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Study shows U.S. dads trending older

Study shows U.S. dads trending older

A man’’s fertility generally has a longer shelf-life than that of a woman, but it’s important to know that the risk of abnormalities in children tends to rise with a father’s age. Research suggests a potential increase in autism, psychiatric problems, and neurological disease in children born to older fathers.

November 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Giving birth is hard enough. Try it in the middle of a wildfire.

Giving birth is hard enough. Try it in the middle of a wildfire.

By April Dembosky, KQED Kaiser Health News Days before there was any sign of fire, Nicole and Ben Veum of Santa Rosa, Calif., had been waiting and waiting for their baby to arrive. Nicole’s due date came and went. Her doctor called her into the hospital — Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital — to induce labor. […]

October 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
States scramble to overcome Congress’ failure to move on CHIP

States scramble to overcome Congress’ failure to move on CHIP

Congress’ failure to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program leaves states facing difficult choices about who will continue to get health coverage.

October 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Home visits help new parents overcome tough histories, raise healthy children

Home visits help new parents overcome tough histories, raise healthy children

Home visitor programs help new parents raise healthy children and overcome poverty, substance abuse, depression and domestic violence. The federal home visiting program provided guidance to 160,000 parents and children in 2016 – but its funding is now in doubt.

August 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Many nurses lack knowledge of health risks for new mothers, study finds

Many nurses lack knowledge of health risks for new mothers, study finds

By failing to alert new mothers to such risks, nurses may be missing an opportunity to help reduce the maternal mortality rate in the U.S., the highest among affluent nations. An estimated 700 to 900 women die in the U.S. every year from pregnancy- and childbirth-related causes and 65,000 nearly die,

August 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cities enlist ‘doulas’ to reduce infant mortality

Cities enlist ‘doulas’ to reduce infant mortality

“Doula” comes from the Greek, meaning “a woman who helps.” Although doulas are trained to assist expectant mothers through labor, delivery and beyond, they are not medical providers like midwives.

August 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Should you put sunscreen on infants? Not usually, says FDA

Should you put sunscreen on infants? Not usually, says FDA

“Babies’ skin is less mature compared to adults, and infants have a higher surface-area to body-weight ratio. These factors mean that an infant’s exposure to the chemicals in sunscreens may be much greater, increasing the risk of side effects.”

August 3, 2017 | By | Reply More