The United States has a higher infant mortality rate than any of the other 27 wealthy countries
A baby born in the U.S. is nearly three times as likely to die during her first year of life as one born in Finland or Japan.
Despite healthcare spending levels that are significantly higher than any other country in the world, a baby born in the U.S. is less likely to see his first birthday than one born in Hungary, Poland or Slovakia. Or in Belarus. Or in Cuba,
The U.S. rate of 6.1 infant deaths per 1,000 live births masks considerable state-level variation. If Alabama were a country, its rate of 8.7 infant deaths per 1,000 would place it slightly behind Lebanon in the world rankings. Mississippi, with its 9.6 deaths, would be somewhere between Botswana and Bahrain.
In fact, infant mortality rates among wealthy Americans are similar to the mortality rates among wealthy Fins and Austrians. The difference is that in Finland and Austria, poor babies are nearly as likely to survive their first years as wealthy ones.
15 million babies are born prematurely each year around the world. 1 million will die.
Average medical cost for a healthy baby: $4,389 for a premature baby: $54,194
Premature birth is the #1 killer of babies
1 in 10 babies is born prematurely
About 450,000 U.S. babies are born too soon each year
Did you know that in the United States premature infants whose parents cant afford a funeral can be considered medical waste and disposed off?
Did you know that there are no federal programs in place that provide assistance with the unexpected cost of burying a child?
Skyler’s Gift is the only nationwide organization that assist with the cost associated with the funerals of premature infants who pass away.
The average Skyler’s Gift grant for funeral assistance is $1500.