Last week we focused on mortality stats, so this week we're looking at the other end of the life course spectrum: babies and mommies.
PAMPERING A BABY (not as easy for some families)
New research published in the journal Pediatrics reveals a harsh reality for low-income families: diapers cost more than many low-income families can afford.
Lack of adequate diaper supply can result in negative outcomes for caretakers and children, including: family stress, anxiety, depression, and child health problems (e.g. increased risk of urinary tract infection).
...derived from a cross-sectional study in 877 pregnant and parenting women. Mothers completed surveys on topics related to mental health, basic needs, and health care use. Logistic regression was used to estimate the relationship between diaper need and psychosocial correlates.The study found that nearly one third of mothers in the survey reported a diaper shortfall. Hispanic women were significantly more likely to report diaper need than African American women.
(See also: diaper report summary on The Atlantic CITIES)
BREASTFEEDING BY THE NUMBERS
Breastfeeding rates have been climbing slowly but steadily for the past several years, according to new data released by CDC.
Rates of breastfeeding at 6 months are highest in Idaho, California, and Oregon according to the CDC's 2013 Breastfeeding Report Card. Rates in those three states exceed 70 percent. Rates are lowest, below 20 percent, in Mississippi.
SEX SELECTION AT BIRTH
New analysis from PRB highlights the problem of son-preference sex selection at birth in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia,
BEST CHART OF THE WEEK
Partly based on fertility and mortality trends, completely based on the latest United Nations population projections, The amazing, surprising, Africa-drive demographic future of the Earth, in 9 charts is worth a look.
Here is a sample (1 of the 9 interactive graphics):
|Source: Max Fisher, Washington Post|
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...
- Recession is bad for the baby business
- Bloomberg gets birth headline wrong
- Contrary to popular belief: Births to older mothers not at historic high