Originally Posted by Adaline'sMama
50% of the infant deaths were due to complications after premature births.
20% are due to birth defects and their complications
20% died because of SIDS or an unsafe sleep environment
So, it seems to me that the MAJOR problem in Milwaukee is premature birth. WHY are all these babies being born prematurely? How much money are they spending to educate women on ways to help make sure their baby is born full term?
Note how many programs the city has for "Safe sleep" vs. how many programs the city has for education about drug, alcohol, and tobacco use during pregnancy.
Why is there now awareness campaign about the insanely high rate of premature births?
In Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and District of Columbia the top priority for awareness has been smoking cessation and a focus on getting mother's prenatal care to prevent premature birth (the # 1 cause of infant death in all four locations.). Since this is the top cause of infant death in Miluakee, why do you think they are spending less time and money on prenatal awareness and smoking cessation than they are focusing on "Safe Sleep"? It just doesnt make the most sense.
Premature birth isn't a matter of educating women on ways to make sure their babies are born full term. I've gone into preterm labor twice...at 35 weeks and 29 weeks. I'm educated on preterm birth and educated in general. There is very little information on why preterms births occur and how to prevent it. It is a little insulting to suggest that those of us who have had premature babies could have prevented it if someone had just spent some money to educate us.
That said, lack of prenatal care, stress, substance abuse, poor nutrition, poverty, etc., do contribute to preterm birth and I agree Milwaukee and other cities should focus on those factors as well. Preterm birth is much more challenging to predict and prevent than unsafe bedsharing. It is pretty clear what causes bedsharing deaths. 20% is no small number, especially considering 9 babies have already died in the city this year. There are over 100 infant mortality initiatives in the city to try to decrease the infant mortality rate. The anti-co-sleeping campaign is just one of them. I honestly think it is pretty smart to use money that way. If you can give someone a packnplay and an opportunity to choose to put their baby there instead of on the couch with three other kids or a drunk grandma, you can make a difference for a kid for about $25. Dealing with preterm birth is a great goal, and I hope a lot of money is poured into more research and prevention of preterm birth. I don't know why anyone would want to forget the other 20% of deaths in the city due to totally preventable causes.
Originally Posted by BubblingBrooks
Yes, it does matter. They should have used the word suffication, because it is not at all the same as SIDS.
I took your word for it that they are using the word SIDS in the ads, but then I looked it up myself, and there is absolutely no mention of SIDS at all. It says "Your baby sleeping with you can be just as dangerous (as sleeping with a knife...). Babies can die while sleeping in adult beds." It does not say SIDS. And when you go to the City's website or the Health Depts website, they state specifically that the majority of the deaths are in unsafe sleeping environments and refer to it as Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy, not SIDS. Check your facts before you post that. What you quoted in your OP was from ABC, not the Health Department or city. They state:
In Milwaukee around 20% of infant mortality is attributable to a combination of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and Sudden Unexplained Death in infancy (SUDI). Of these deaths the majority die in an unsafe sleep environment.
The City of Milwaukee Health Department strongly advises parents NOT to share a bed with their infant. This is based on an American Academy of Pediatrics 2011 Policy Statement which states that the risk of SIDS has been shown to be reduced when the infant sleeps in the same room as the mother, but the AAP recommends that infants not share a bed with parents or anyone else, due to increased risk.
The term “co-sleeping” can be confusing, as it is used both to refer to sharing a bed and sharing a room. To clarify the distinction, many pediatric experts now refer to “bed-sharing” (referring to a infant who is sleeping in the same bed, couch, or other surface where parents or others are sleeping), and “room-sharing” (referring to a infant who is sleeping in the parents’ room, but in their own crib or bassinet).