Being a reproductive being is a very important life activity. Your health, well-being, and the future of your own family, are all related to it. A lot of women have thought about it, but until they read the book, “The Female Brain”, they didn’t comprehend how important it is to have a family. Now that we have the science, it’s no longer something that’s just a fantasy.
The human body is basically a big computer on which all its cells are connected, so reproduction is a very important part of it. It is also the number one cause of disease and death, so that makes it an even more vital thing to take care of.
What are the chances of having a child? I think one in every 50,000 people is a genetic success story. Not that you needed that kind of data to tell you that. We already know that the average age of a woman who has a baby is 30, and that a woman who has had a child after her first year is 59. That makes it a very common occurrence for people to have a baby after they turn 30.
I think you and I both know that it’s not a sure thing. We can just make the assumption that, since our baby’s body will be the first thing to break, he or she is going to be pretty lucky. If I had a kid I would be pretty sure I would be a better mother.
In fact, a child may be more important than you think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 10% of all child deaths are linked to the complications of pregnancy or childbirth. The most common complications of pregnancy or childbirth that cause death in children under age 15 are heart defects (4.7% of all deaths in this age group), infection (2.8%), brain defects (2.6%), and bleeding (1.9%).
I know that’s a lot of death. But that’s because we’re talking about girls and boys under age 15. So if the CDC’s numbers are true, then we can expect to see more and more of them in the future.
A recent study found that the most common cause of death for children under age 10 is a fatal accident during pregnancy 5.5%. That makes it clear that these two causes are not exclusive, as many other factors can cause death in children as young as eight. In fact, of all the fatal childhood accidents, one-third were related to pregnancy and childbirth. Not only did these causes of death cause more death, but they also led to more deaths overall.
On the other hand, the study also found that nearly every type of accident causes death. For example, traffic accidents (especially car accidents) and drowning. That is, nearly all types of fatal accidents are preventable. Although, on the flip side, nearly all types of fatal accidents increase the risk of death overall.
It’s nice to know that every type of accident can be prevented. But as we all learn, accident prevention doesn’t mean putting up a fence.
The idea is that the better ways to reduce fatalities are to reduce the number of fatalities and focus on the preventable ones. In other words, preventing any type of accident as quickly as possible is the best way to reduce fatalities. I love the fact that the study also found that nearly every type of fatal accident results in more fatalities. This leads to the question, “Why do some types of accidents lead to more fatalities than others?” The answer is that accidents are not a homogenous group.