Prenatal multivitamin efficacy statistics that moved us to action

Learn why we are taking a strong stance in support of improved prenatal care worldwide.

By Elysia Cook

Recent research has illustrated the lifesaving impact of prenatal care. These groundbreaking discoveries, and the statistics behind them, demand a redesigned vision of maternal health that transcends our current standards. Ultimately, they shout an undeniable message that we must refuse to ignore: that prenatal multivitamins save lives, and the time to act is now.



7,000 babies worldwide will die today.

Although deaths among children aged one month to five years of age have dropped in recent decades, the international community has made significantly less progress towards the reduction of newborn deaths.

According to UNICEF’s 2018 “Every Child Alive” report, the struggle to resolve the issue with a “single drug or intervention” exacerbates the problem. Additionally, this challenge “is also due to a lack of momentum and global commitment to newborn survival.”

80% of those newborn deaths result from preventable causes.

The consequence of premature birth, infections, and labor and delivery complications is the loss of life for millions of newborns worldwide. But access to quality health care at affordable rates, clean water, and good nutrition would mitigate the effects.

38% of pregnant women are anemic around the world.

When nutritious foods and health services are limited or unavailable, expecting mothers aren’t the only ones susceptible to severe health problems. Their babies are impacted in the womb, and can suffer from problems like low birth weight and premature birth—both of which are associated with increased risk of mortality as infants.


These statistics are daunting, but they don’t stand alone. The efforts of UNICEF and other global institutions have brought different numbers to light—ones that reveal a path for change using prenatal multivitamins to save newborns worldwide.

29% reduction in mortality for newborns of anemic mothers, when supplemented with prenatal multivitamins.

For anemic moms, taking prenatal multivitamins during pregnancy can decrease risks to their babies including low birth weight, small-for-gestational-age, and most critically, whether their child will survive the first six months of life.

Prenatal multivitamins are a top 10 product on UNICEF’s list of products critical for newborn survival.

Amongst products like thermometers, blankets, and antibiotics—to name three of the ten—UNICEF endorses the value of prenatal micronutrient supplements. Prenatals multivitamins are not just helpful supplements — they are a game changer.




No matter how compelling they are, these statistics mean nothing if we do nothing. But with the support of individuals like you, we’re confident that we can use them to make a global difference. Help us act and save newborn lives on a global scale—donate today.