Scotland faces a tremendous rise in newborn baby deaths in September. The official data showed that they experienced 21 dead infants within 28 days of birth.
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September’s rate reached levels that warrant immediate concern from health officials.
What’s frightening, Scotland hasn’t faced this magnitude of deaths in newborns since the late 1980s.
The public health officials have shown previous concern on C-19’s impact on national deaths. September is the first month where this country faces this alarming figure in Scotland.
How many of these 21 newborn deaths were from vaccinated mothers with the coronavirus shot?
A spike in the number of deaths of newborn babies in Scotland is to be investigated. At least 21 babies under four weeks old died in September, a rate of 4.9 per 1,000 births. The increase is larger than expected from chance alone. https://t.co/VB4g66vP1P pic.twitter.com/hJFxZwXeBD
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The Herald reported:
Public Health Scotland (PHS), which is one of the bodies currently investigating the spike, said the fact that the upper control limit has been exceeded “indicates there is a higher likelihood that there are factors beyond random variation that may have contributed to the number of deaths that occurred”.
PHS said it is working with the Scottish National Neonatal Network, the Maternity and Children Quality Improvement Collaborative and the Scottish Government “to understand any possible contributing factors to the most recent infant mortality patterns, and to incorporate findings into existing prevention and improvement work”.
Monthly figures on neonatal death rates are only available up to July 2017, but previously peaked at 3.7 per 1000 lives births in March 2020.
Annual statistics on neonatal mortality published by the National Records of Scotland show that it has been in steady decline for decades, falling from an average of 4.7 per 1000 live births in 1986-1990 to 2.2 per 1000 by 2016-2020.
Worldwide, the most common causes of neonatal death are infection, prematurity, and suffocation, but factors such as smoking during pregnancy or disruption to early intervention services including health visiting and midwifery also increase the risk.
PHS notes on its website that it “is important to monitor the levels of stillbirth and infant mortality during the Covid-19 pandemic, as they may be influenced by maternal health and wellbeing, by how maternity services are provided, and how people seek and interact with care”.
The Herald shared a few potential causes of the rise in neonatal mortality:
-An unseasonal spike in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
-Pre-term deliveries caused by COVID-19 infections in expectant mothers
-Increased pressure on health services
According to the doctors, neither one death was linked to the coronavirus and the vaccines. What explains the dramatic increase of neonatal deaths in September 2021 since the pandemic started?
The MSM doesn’t want to share the possibility of an abnormal increase in deaths where the mothers are vaccinated.
PHS said there was “currently no indication of links between these deaths and Covid-19 infection” although the data will be examined further.
Dr Sarah Stock, an expert in maternal and fetal health at University of Edinburgh, said it was rare for newborn babies to become infected or seriously-ill with Covid but she said the virus could be having an impact in other ways.
“We know, for instance, that when pregnant women have Covid they can become seriously unwell, and in order to protect the mother and baby that can lead to pre-term deliveries,” she said. “Pre-term delivery is the biggest driver of neonatal mortality.
“We also know that the pandemic has put a lot of pressure on health services and that could be having an impact.”
PHS is now working with the Scottish National Neonatal Network , the Maternity and Children Quality Improvement Collaborative and the Scottish government to understand possible contributing factors.