Thursday, March 25, 2010


"Over the past decade, the U.S. maternal mortality rate has nearly doubled, with about 500 women dying of pregnancy-related complications each year. That’s a tiny percentage of the 4 million American women who give birth annually. But what’s shocking is that among industrialized countries, the U.S. ranks an abysmal 41st on the World Health Organization’s list of maternal death rates, behind South Korea and Bosnia—yet we spend more money on maternity care than any other nation."

When one is thinking of babies, it is only natural to picture an exhausted, delighted mother cradling the newborn babe to her breast. Unfortunately, the stark reality of what is happening in the United States is that too many men are left to take care of funerals and nighttime feedings on their own. There are many factors that are causing this rate of death for new moms, and yet the reality is that in this country we are seeing too many pregnancies ending in devastation.

If woman are waiting later to have babies, for whatever reason, then this age factor can impact the outcome of childbearing.

Being pregnant and going through childbirth is a marathon, for which the participates should be physically, emotionally and financially prepared. Sure, for most people it is an easy task to get pregnant, but the difficult journey is sometimes overlooked as something anyone can complete easily.

Take child bearing seriously, before deciding that it is time to bring another person into this world. Many times there are horrific outcomes, so at least consider all the possibilities and how prepared would you be to carry on without the mother of your child?

1 comment:

  1. A report by Save the Children found that, annually, 13 million children are born to women under age 20 worldwide. More than 90% of these births occur to women living in developing countries. Complications of pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of mortality among women between the ages of 15 and 19 in such areas, as they are the leading cause of mortality among older women.