An alarming trend arose in Scotland during September.
According to official figures, 21 infants died within 28 days of birth.
In September, Scotland’s neonatal mortality rate was 4.9 per 1,000 live births.
While the numbers tend to fluctuate month to month, September’s rate reached levels that warrant immediate concern from health officials.
The rate eclipsed a warning threshold known as the ‘control limit’ for the first time in at least four years.
Even more frightening, Scotland hasn’t seen a neonatal mortality rate of this magnitude since the late 1980s.
While public health officials have shown previous concern on COVID-19’s impact on neonatal deaths, September 2021 is the first month with such an alarming figure.
That raises an obvious question for