Effects Of Infant Mortality Rates On The Decline Of The Past 200 Years

862 Words Nov 14th, 2016 4 Pages
Infant mortality rates have been on the decline in the past 200 years. There are a number of factors that have contributed to this drop over time. Advances in medicine, technology, and lifestyle changes have all created changes in prenatal care. There are numerous things that play a factor in the overall mortality rate decrease, however there is one major factor that influences the change. That factor is education and knowledge about prenatal care. Better understandings of common prenatal complications and how to treat them have made a significant difference in the survival rate of infants. Due to advances in medicine, women are learning of their pregnancies sooner and are able to take optimal care of their bodies and unborn babies. Advancements in pregnancy tests able women to identify their pregnancies weeks earlier than tests in the past allowed. Before over the counter tests were available women relied on a missed menstrual period to determine pregnancy. Numerous women didn’t know they were pregnant until they were about 8 weeks along, which is considered a sensitive period in prenatal development. Babies change and grow rapidly during the first 8 weeks, which also makes them very vulnerable. With the use of over the counter pregnancy tests women are able to detect pregnancy days before their first missed menstrual cycle. This allows for women to take optimal care of themselves, which in turn helps a baby to thrive during its sensitive period. Over the…

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