September 2, 2016
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:
- birth defects;
- preterm birth (Less than 37 weeks gestation) and low birth weight (Less than 5 pounds 8 ounces);
- maternal complications of pregnancy;
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome; and
- 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.