Battling Infant Mortality

The joy of giving birth is usually accompanied by a sense of wonder while watching a tiny, fragile creature take those first breaths. Luckily, for most new mothers, skilled medical attendants are on hand to make sure that all goes well during and just after delivery. The first 28 days of life — the “neonatal period” — are the riskiest in a child’s life: Almost 3 million babies die within the first month of life …

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