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Week 2: Giving birth

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A UNICEF inforgraphic showing some of the data and statistics around preventable newborn deaths and stillbirths. The information on the poster reads:

Every year 2.6 million babies die in the first 28 days of life. Most in the first week.

The top causes:

  1. Prematurity
  2. Complications during birth
  3. Severe infections

An additional 2.6 million stillbirths occur each year. 50% after labour has begun.

But 75% of newborn deaths can be prevented with high-quality care. So can the majority of maternal deaths and stillbirths.

Healthy mother + Healthy birth + Good health in the first days of life = The start of a healthy childhood.