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Preterm Babies Fetal Patients and Childbearing Choices PDF
Author John D. Lantos
File size 873.24 KB
Year 2015
Pages 232
Language English
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Why preterm birth rates in the United States remain high even as access to prenatal care has improved and infant mortality has steadily dropped.

The United States has one of the highest rates of premature birth of any industrialized nation: 11.5% nearly twice the rate of many European countries. In this book John Lantos and Diane Lauderdale examine why the rate of preterm birth in the United States remains high — even though more women have access to prenatal care now than three decades ago. They also analyze a puzzling paradox: why even as the rate of preterm birth rose through the 1990s and early 2000s the rate of infant mortality steadily decreased.

Lantos and Lauderdale explore both the medical practices that might give rise to these trends as well as some of the demographic changes that have occurred over these years. American women now delay childbearing for example and have fewer babies. Doctors are better able to monitor fetal health and well-being. Prenatal care has changed no longer focusing solely on the health of the pregnant woman. Today the fetus has become a patient and many preterm births are medically induced because of concern for the well-being of the fetus. Preterm birth is no longer synonymous with a bad outcome. Sometimes it is necessary for a good one.

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