"In a 20 year analysis of newborn death rates around the world, the study published in PLoS Medicine revealed the number of infants who die before they are 4 weeks old account for 41% of child deaths worldwide
- Newborn deaths in the United States ranked 41 out of 45 among industrialized countries, on par with Qatar and Croatia.
- More than a half million babies in the United States—1 in every 8—are born premature each year.
- The United States has seen a 26% reduction in newborn deaths since 1990, but that number is lower than the global average.
- “We actually found 50 countries, including China, have dropped their newborn death rate by more than 50% in the last 20 years.”
- Half of the 3.3 million newborn deaths around the world occur in just five countries: Pakistan, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, and Nigeria.
- But researchers say the newborn death rates in these regions can be decreased by utilizing known interventions: Improving hygiene when a baby is born, breastfeeding and keeping babies warm after birth. "