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UK struggling on infant mortality rate

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An article in the Daily Mail states that according to the latest figures from Unicef, the UK lags behind countries such as Cuba and Belarus on infant mortality rates.

Unicef figures leave the UK in 30th place out of 184 countries with 2.6 babies out of 1000 dying in their first month.

Researchers suggested that potential reasons may include low breastfeeding rates, obesity, medical care, mothers' lifestyle and women delaying childbirth until they are older.

A spokesman for the Department of Health said: ‘We have committed to halving the rates of stillbirth, neonatal deaths and maternal deaths in the NHS by 2025. We’ve invested millions in staff training and safety equipment, as well as ensuring every unexplained stillbirth and neonatal death receives an independent investigation.’

Professor Neena Modi, of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: ‘The primary causes of newborn deaths in this global report – prematurity, complications around the time of birth, and infections – are also important causes in the UK.’

This will not make comfortable reading for the UK government which is under pressure as the NHS creaks under its workload.

Do you think the medical care provided by the NHS is a factor?  Have your say on our forum.

https://forum.thebabywebsite.com/t/uk-infant-mortality-rate/44

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