On a quick trip to the grocery store I couldn’t help but notice the dozen or so smiling faces of the Duchess of Cambridge with her new baby while I was waiting in line to make my purchase. But it was this article in Slate.com that MCNtalk found interesting to read – UNICEF statistics and the Slate.com author’s thoughts on childhood diseases, access to secondary education, clean drinking water – things all parents of newborns worldwide ponder to varying degrees.
While it’s all very exciting that this particular baby was born—and I do wish him well—I can’t help but wonder about the estimated 367,000 babies born (roughly 4.3 born a second) around the world on the same day the most important baby ever came to be. While many of those commoner babies were also born into a world of relative privilege and safety—though not royal family levels of privilege, by any means—many of them were not. Many of the babies born that Monday are inheriting a world that is dangerous and even deadly, often for reasons that could easily be prevented.