According to this article, , the U.S. has one of the highest rates of infant death in the developed world. In fact, despite all our medicine and technology, we're only 29th in the world for infant mortality. In other words, 28 countries have infant death rates less than ours. Some countries, like Japan, cut the rate in half.
Now, I'm not telling the mothers here to clutch their spawn in fear. This rate equates to only about 7 out of every 1000 babies. But, still, a number we'd like to se decrease, right?
Well, one cause for this increased death rate is the high rate of preterm delivery. In a nutshell, the sooner your baby comes out, the more at risk it is. But we're not just talking stereotypical premees, ladies. C-sections or induces labor for the sake of convience puts the new little one at risk as well.
It happens all the time! Hell, my mother's OBGYN gave her a C-section to birth my sister about a week early because he had vacation scheduled. Other women plan to induce on a specific day, for some weird reason. I mean, if you want your baby born on a Thursday that bad, who am I to judge?
It does put the child at an increased risk, though. My question - should we restrict these procedures to necessity in an effort to lower the mortality rate?