September Is Infant Mortality Awareness Month

The death of a baby before his or her first birthday (infant mortality) remains a sad reality for many parents, and this takes a serious toll on the health and well-being of families. The top five leading causes of infant mortality include:

1) birth defects;

2) preterm birth (Less than 37 weeks gestation) and low birth weight (Less than 5 pounds 8 ounces);

3) maternal complications of pregnancy;

4) Sudden Infant Death Syndrome; and

5) injuries (suffocation).

What can you do? A woman’s health prior to getting pregnant (preconception) can be the deciding factor on a healthy birth and baby. Good preconception health means living a safe, healthy lifestyle and managing any current health conditions before getting pregnant.

Please visit the following link to learn more on infant mortality and what you can do: http://www.cdc.gov/features/infantmortality/.

 

 

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