Infant mortality is not really the statistic that you're going for, because it tends to be more of a measure of pediatric care than of prenatal/birth care. Infant mortality is usually measured as deaths from birth to age one year of age. Neonatal mortality is death from birth to 28 days of age, so that tends to be a bit more informative for this situation. Even better is perinatal mortality because it includes late stillbirths plus the birth-28 days group. The numbers can be hard to track down and compare, because different countries tend to report things differently and some allow exemptions that others do not. I don't have any numbers to share, but if someone does then I'd love to see them.
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You have to have *something* concrete to use as a measure, though.
And I agree that those numbers sound awfully high to me. I've been on and off of UC boards for over 10 years now, as I had my first UC ten years ago, and the only baby death I remember hearing about was later found to have been made up for attention. Which is, again, not to say that babies don't die. (All of life is risky and, unfortunately, some babies do die - in AND out of the hospital) But these rates seem higher than corresponds with anything I've ever heard. Are these associated with how close to term the babies were, in the results?
(And, no, I'm not oblivious. Although they weren't UC's, I do personally know two people whose babies died during homebirths or homebirth transfers. One may have been preventable; the other was definitely just a "freak" occurrence. [Baby's cord broke. Never heard of that, before or since.])
I also agree that in the twelve years I have been researching UC (this is my LIFE), I have rarely ever heard of deaths. There have been a handful, but that's out of over a thousand women. There were five that passed away because of congenital heart defects which could have happened in the hospital as well. I think all of those babies passed in the hours after the birth, not right at the birth. I heard of one woman whose baby died during the birth of asphyxiation, but that was a freak occurrence and I think the doctors couldn't figure out how it happened so they ruled it a cord accident during a prolonged pushing phase.
Did the mothers whose babies passed provide stories as to what happened?
Certainly I would say that education is paramount if you choose to UC, and absolutely recognizing that you are accepting absolute full responsibility for your birth. Personally, I can't imagine allowing anyone else to be responsible for my birth.
My two cents.
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