The United States has more babies born in its first six months than any other country.
But it’s the third-most-common birth year, and the country also has the third highest number of babies born at home, according to a new report.
The United Nations and other experts said the findings showed the United State’s health system was failing to address the issue of the “unhealthy, unplanned, and potentially fatal birth.”
“The most urgent and serious public health challenge facing the United Nations today is the alarming rise of babies and babies born unplanned,” said Yara Fadel, executive director of the World Health Organization (WHO).
“It is an issue that is particularly urgent and needs urgent attention.”
The United Kingdom and Germany, both of which have high rates of babies in their first months, had the highest numbers of babies with premature births, while the United Kingdom’s rate was just above 20 per 100,000 births.
The rate in the U.S. was 21.9 per 100.000.
But that was still below the global average of 32.9.
The World Health Assembly’s report found that the United states had the second-highest number of premature births among developed countries, after Mexico.
The report also found that nearly half of U.N. health organizations’ health officials believed that the number of newborns in the first six to 12 months was rising faster than the global rate.
“We are witnessing the most rapid increase in premature births in modern times,” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
“This is a problem that must be addressed urgently.”
The WHO and its partners have launched a campaign called “Keep Babies Born, Not Births,” to help promote healthy births.