Here is the full article, but I’ll pull some quotes (all emphases mine).
A recent study released by UNICEF ranked the U.S. … 29th in regard to the percentage of babies with low birth weights.
According to Kids Count, the latest available federal data, from 2005, showed that 8.2 percent of U.S. babies were born at low birth weight, a level not seen since 1968.
And this is with fully-entrenched welfare and other government benefits and programs designed to prevent this! Something is failing here. Incidentally, that was the year my husband and his twin brother were born, weighing in at 5 something and 6 something pounds. Their two younger brothers each weighed in the 9 pound range!
Beavers said part of the overall increase in low-birthweight babies was due to a rise inas more older women use fertility treatments to conceive. But she said the birth-weight problem also has been worsening for single-baby deliveries.
It would be good to know how much of the increase is due to multiple births, and how much is due to single births! Let’s compare apples and apples, here. After all, if a woman gets pregnant with quadruplets due to fertility treatment, and these babies are born at 25 weeks weighing less than 1 pound apiece, that is quite a bit different from a baby at 36 weeks weighing 4 pounds. As I stated above, my mother-in-law was obviously able to produce normal-weight babies, but having the twins some 6 weeks early complicates matters!
The rate of low-weight births is sharply higher for blacks (13.6 percent) than for whites (7.3 percent) or Hispanics (6.9 percent). One important factor, Beavers said, is the mother’s overall health at the time of pregnancy and her access to .
Did you know that most doctors, including obstetricians, only get one class in nutrition during med school? Dr. Amy seemed quite proud of that, and said that she learned all she needed to know about nutrition during that one course, because nutrition has only a small effect on health. Um, yeah.
There is another opinion — Dr. Tom Brewer’s opinion, who formulated The Brewer Diet. (On the original “Blue Ribbon Baby” website, [Updated to add: since taken down — I don’t know why — here’s an alternative website], much of the information is in regards to preeclampsia and its various related conditions. I have read many stories of women who followed the diet to a ‘T’ and still ended up with symptoms of preeclampsia, so I don’t consider it to be 100% effective. However, I’ve read many more stories of women who had symptoms of preeclampsia, which went away when they started the Brewer Diet, or simply increased the amount of protein in their diets. I have read a study which suggested that adding too much protein in your diet is linked to babies that were small for their age, so there can be “too much of a good thing.” While I can’t find a link to the study that mentioned it [and I think only the abstract was free], if my memory serves me right, the amount of protein in the study was either 125 or 150 gm per day, while the Brewer Diet is about 100 gm of protein per day.) In general, though, proponents of the Brewer Diet tend to brag about the excellent birthweights of their babies. Here is one such mother. She had a planned home VBAC of twins…. which ended up being triplets! Not only did she not give birth at the average gestational age for triplets (about 32 weeks +/- 1 week, depending on who you ask), nor for twins (about 36-37 weeks). but she actually gave birth a few days after her due date! The triplets ranged in birthweights from 6 lb. 7 oz. to 7 lb. even. Wow. The mom and midwife attributed it to her excellent diet, which was the Brewer Diet.
Dr. Alan Fleischman, medical director of the March of Dimes, said the increase in underweight newborns is closely linked to a rise in .
He agreed with Beavers that better socio-economic conditions for pregnant mothers would help. But Fleischman also said the U.S. medical profession should be more rigorous in encouraging women to continue their pregnancies as close to term as feasible, and reduce the number of early, induced deliveries, often caesarian, that frequently produce underweight infants.