May 20, 2016

New York City suffers increased birth-related and life threatening complications compared to national rate

AUTHOR:Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive HealthSOURCE:New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

A report just published by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals that from 2008 to 2010 the rate of life-threatening complications sustained by women of reproductive age (referred as severe maternal morbidity-SMM) has increased over 25% during this time period. In addition, in NYC the rate of these complications was 1.6X the national rate from 2008-2009. There are myriad factors that have led to this rise which include, but not limited to strutural issues (high-poverty, low education), pre-existining conditions, e.g., obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. The impact of these complications on NYC, in additon to the suffering of women also takes an economic toll. The cost of complicated deliveries increased by over 50% compared to uncomplicated deliveries and the total extra cost was $17 million/year. It is incumbent upon New York City to direct their efforts to these impoverished populations so that women and their families may thrive as well as survive birth without suffering from these prevetable complications. To access the full report please click this link:

Did you know?

In Africa and South Asia, complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for women of childbearing age.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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