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  1. Samantha b.
    Samantha b. April 14, 2010 at 7:15 am |

    The WHO summary refers to “kangaroo mother care” as significant factor in reducing infant mortality. My mom’s an ob-gyn so I’ve heard a lot of shop talk over the years but was unfamiliar with term. A little googling tells me that it’s a lot like it sounds, i.e. continuous skin to skin contact between mother and child, and it’s been very recently (in a March 26, 2010 study) shown to be *more effective* than incubators for stabilizing babies under four pounds:
    The study estimates that use of this exceedingly simple technique could save half a million newborn lives a year!!! And kangaroo mother care also reduces risk of infection by half when compared to incubator care.

    On a significantly less optimistic note, I will point out what the NYT rather notably does not: the study also shows that, counter to worldwide trends, there’s been an increase in maternal deaths in the US, Canada, and Denmark (link: ) In the US the increase was a rather shocking 42% from 1990 to 2008. So, yeah, go Susannah Breslin! The backlash was all in our silly little heads, and there’s no legitimate anger to be wrought from the continued (why hello, HCR!) shafting of women’s health care within American borders.

  2. Samantha b.
    Samantha b. April 14, 2010 at 7:19 am |

    Oh duh, you mentioned the US stat. That’s what I get for posting pre-coffee. I believe my anger remains well into the category of legitimate gripes, however, and, correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe it still stands the NYT failed to report that stat?

  3. hypatia
    hypatia April 14, 2010 at 11:00 pm |

    The increase maternal death in the US coincides with the continually increasing caesarean section rate. Unfortunately we need to overhaul the way we treat women’s health from all angles.

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