Evidence of Abundance #2: Maternal and Infant Mortality


100 years ago, child birth was risky and infant mortality rates were horrific.

How would you feel if 30% of infants died? Or if 900 expectant mothers out of every 100,000 died giving birth?

But thanks to technology, the reality today is far different.

Today’s Evidence of Abundance is perhaps THE most important topic I could offer.

***Evidence of Abundance: Maternal & Infant Mortality***

This week’s topic is very personal to all of us. It’s the life and health of your mother, your wife, your children.

Giving birth today is a happy occasion, but for centuries and millennia, it was a risky endeavor. Let’s look at the data.



If we look back over the last hundred years, a mother’s chances of dying in childbirth were as high as 900 deaths per 100,000 births.

As sanitation and modern medicine have improved, those mortality rates have plummeted. Today, a pregnant woman expects that she’ll give birth and live through it.

Let’s look at infant mortality next. I divide this into two parts: (i) infant mortality at birth; and, (ii) having your child living past the age of 5.

This graph shows the death rate per 1,000 live births in the world, starting in 1900 through today. In 1900, the average infant death rate was 18%… and in some parts of the world, this death rate is as much as one-third.

Imagine having one out of three infants dying?


We see another precipitous drop when we look at children who die before the age of 5. Through improvements in technology, medicine, and even reduction in local conflicts, we’re now able to keep children alive into adulthood — feed them, take care of them, protect them — and this is changing the world.


As we create this world of abundance, we’re able to build tight family bonds as mothers and children both live longer, better lives.

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[Photo credit: mother and sleeping child courtesy of Shutterstock]

Peter H. Diamandis, MD
Peter H. Diamandis, MDhttp://diamandis.com/
Diamandis is the founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions. He is also the executive founder and director of Singularity University, a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build a better future for all. As an entrepreneur, Diamandis has started over 20 companies in the areas of longevity, space, venture capital, and education. He is also co-founder of BOLD Capital Partners, a venture fund with $250M investing in exponential technologies. Diamandis is a New York Times Bestselling author of two books: Abundance and BOLD. He earned degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering from MIT and holds an MD from Harvard Medical School. Peter’s favorite saying is “the best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.”
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