Vatican newspaper draws attention to ‘hidden epidemic’ of premature births
Catholic World News - January 11, 2010
Dr. Carlo Bellieni, who teaches in the Department of Obstetrics, Pediatrics, and Reproductive Medicine at the University of Siena, has written an article for L’Osservatore Romano in which he discusses the “hidden epidemic” of premature births. Rates of premature births increased by 25% in France from 1995 to 2005 and by 30% in the United Kingdom over the last 25 years. 540,000 of newborns-- 12.8% of total births-- are born prematurely in the United States, an increase of 20% since 1990.
One of the factors related to the rise of premature births is the increased incidence of postponing of childbearing until after age 35. In this context, Dr. Bellieni refers to a “paradoxical inverse shame” in which one speaks freely about “sex and contraception” but “absolutely does not speak about the desire and instinct to have children.”
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our January expenses ($10,736 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!