Last week saw the introduction of a new organization committed to protecting the most precious individuals in our communities-our newborn children. The group known as The Newborn Coalition is a collection of advocates who are working to raise awareness of the needs of infant health care.
The statistics highlighting the needs are clear: half a million premature births a year and 28,000 deaths of children under one year old. One in six of those deaths are causedby congenital heart disease. More shocking, however, is the fact that the problem in the United States is in many way getting worse. For the first time in over half a century, the mortality rate for infants is on the rise in the country.
To address the problem, The Newborn Coalition will seek to draw on a wide range of insights from experts in the field, uniting similar organizations to collectively advocate with one voice. The group will work with policymakers on education, innovation, and prevention efforts to systematically improve the care given to young children.
The Executive Director of the new group explains, “The committee’s focus on the newborn ecosystem and applicable research and pilot programs across federal agencies will be valuable in identifying the best possible opportunities to improve health outcomes for the youngest children.”
Our Chicago birth injury attorneys at Levin & Perconti applaud the mission of this new group. Too often our lawyers have witnessed tragic childbirth situations involving inadequate medical care. The lives of the next generation literally hang in the balance. Everything possible must be done to limit these birth injuries so that no family has to endure the tragic injury or loss of their youngest member.
Please Click Here to read more about this new organization and the efforts that are being made to improve the healthcare of our newborn babies.