BabyLand on 20/20
Did any of you catch Friday night's 20/20?
Well I did...
I found the show to be very sad, but interesting. I wish it had been longer. I feel like some subjects were touched on, but not fully discussed or addressed....
For example...it was touched on that many of these babies who die are also born prematurely. But, I don't recall it ever noting that babies born to teenage mothers are at an increased risk of being born prematurely, nor did it ever specifically talk about the rate of teenage pregnancy in that particular city that has the highest infant mortality rate.
Catching the problem at "how to save the babies" is great, but not enough. What efforts are being made to prevent teen pregnancies? What education is being offered at THAT level? Where's the follow up special about what Memphis is doing to prevent teenage pregnancy?
The reduction in the teen pregnancy population would in turn reduce the number of babies born at term or prematurely to teens, and would then in turn impact the infant mortality rate.
Overall, I still think it was an excellent program, if only to open the eyes to the issue & raise awareness of not only the primary issue, but also the contributing factors. I think that the in-depth investigation to the contributing factors is more of what I was looking for & wanting, but would have perhaps been tangential for many viewers, and certainly would not have fit into a one hour slot.
I just wish this were a multi-segmented program that took a much more macro-approach to the subject.
I'm just sayin'.