What does “healthy and safe” really mean? Every parent wants to give their child the safest possible start in life. With modern technology has come great strides to make sure that babies are not born with birth defects or other unsavory conditions. “Safe” can encompass a whole host of problems, including but not limited to; not having to watch the baby until it is born, abbreviated early rupture of membranes (EROS), c-section, abortion, deformed babies, premature babies, and many, many others.
Most women know, even by the time they become pregnant, that watching their baby wither, die, nurse, or otherwise escape can break even our most positive minds. But what about the children who are born healthy. Are they more special than those who aren’t? According to the Wellness Treatment Center, more children are born with health conditions than without. The Center attributed this to improved prenatal care whereinto all forms of care – prenatal, prenatal, and postnatal care – better prenatal care helps baby spend its time in the womb with fewer birth defects. Even finding out the baby isn’t theirs – but that he or she may have genetic disorders may be exciting. It’s always a mystery. “Maybe they’re not my exact genetic parents. Why did this happen? I’m a healthy person, so what’s going on?” Some times having a genetic condition that passes in the general population, such as mild arthritis, might be “a dream come true,” depending on the circumstances. The whole thing feels life-changing or at least strange – the way a sudden pregnancy often is. Either way, it is “natural” in nature that you want to keep the baby as healthy as possible and, so you want that baby to have the best possible start in life, and you hope that he or she will be born a “normal” baby only to find out, while working on the web, that the baby will have birth defects or even chromosomal abnormality. A great deal of what doctors do at every step is to share with parents about how influential certain things are and how to consider those things. Proper prenatal care is also very important.
What the statistic says
When it came to “healthy and safe” I found that it just didn’t feel as natural as some other terms. And I found there have been no studies done to compare the incidence of birth defects to how many children are born healthy. It simply seemed too crazy to think all these tests were going to keep our babies as healthy as possible. Then I discovered the results of a study that is very well known. The study followed 73, 1090 pregnancies in an area chosen so that mothers would have easier access and not have much travel expenses, plus when the study was started the midwife was trained to be the study’s lead researcher.
And here are some very alarming (evidenced by the study’s longitudinal follow-up two years follow up):
- Nine in ten children (19 percent) born at term are born with a neural tube defect, which causes very serious mental disability when the baby is born. The instances of neural tube defects were four times more in children of mothers who smoked, drank, or took drugs during the five months before conception and birth. (This is completely borne out by the Center for Disease Control.)
- Twenty-four percent of all children are born with cardiac defects.
- Flopping onto their back (retaining their blood pressure instead. to help prevent SIDS) surpasses 300,000 births per year. Including the infrequent case of sometimes-failing Tommy surgery, over half a million babies are born with a birth defect annually.
- Six to ten times more boys than girls have oral cavity rejects.
- Forty-four percent is diagnosed with cleft lip, and more rarely, palate buds are kept together as opposed to broken (based on the study).
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