Wednesday, July 2, 2008

It's about time...

I was thrilled to read on Janis's blog (Ferdinand's Gifts) that Barack Obama has proposed legislation that would improve the way sudden infant deaths & stillbirths are investigated & accounted for in the U.S.

"Every year, too many American families experience the heartbreak of stillbirth and sudden unexpected infant death and we must do everything we can to work to prevent these tragedies,'' Obama said in a statement introducing the bill.

In addition to aiding research into the causes of the deaths, the bill "will also provide every American family with access to information about ways to prevent them,'' added Obama, who is the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate.
Yet another reason why I like the guy. ; ) Too bad I can't vote for him, being Canadian. But maybe if such a bill comes to pass in the States, it will influence policy here in Canada. We can only hope…


  1. I hadn't heard about that, but it's a good idea (and a politically savvy one). I edited a book on neonatal medicine and was surprised by the poor data quality on SIDS in particular.

  2. Wow, I didn't know about that policy position. Interesting. I'm all for more research in the appallingly underinvestigated world of IF, m/c, and neonatal loss.

    How amazing: a potential president with actual ideas! It's so refreshing...

  3. Keep in mind that during election year what politicians do and say means absolutely nothing. We won't know their true character until they are elected and safely in the white house....during their second term. I think history speaks for itself. (Think second terms of both Bill Clinton and George Bush).
    That being said, I hope the legislation gets passed regardless of whether Obama becomes president.