Lindsey Hiebert: Infant mortality issues remain in the dark


Published: Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 3:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 3:35 p.m.

For one reason or the other, one issue that seems to consistently remain in the dark is that of maternal and infant health. In the coming weeks, Christmas lights will turn typically dark streets into illuminated fantasies while World Prematurity Day, this past November 17th, remains overlooked and unrecognized.

Not much attention is paid to the 13 million babies who are born prematurely each year, and 1 million babies each year who die before their first birthday. The paradox is that the light cast by the birthday candle for each of these infants is eternally burning; much longer than the seasonal lights. Maternal and infant health may be in the dark currently in relation to more newsworthy concerns, but hopefully the current darkness is simply foreshadowing of the future when that eternal candle burns out and every baby has a healthy start to life.

Lindsey Hiebert,

Gainesville

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