Lawn said the three leading causes of newborn death are preterm delivery, asphyxia and severe infections — all problems easily prevented with proper care.
The United States now trails 40 other countries when it comes to risk of newborn death with a newborn death rate of 4.3 per 1,000 live births. In 1990 the United States had the 28th lowest risk.
Globally, Afghan babies face the greatest risks, with one of every 19 dying in the first month of life, according to the statistics. India has the greatest number of newborn deaths overall — more than 900,000 annually.