May 23, 2016

New York City's maternal mortality rate remains essentially unchanged between 2006 and 2010

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

In a report just published by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, maternal mortality in New York City remained essentially unchanged from the years 2006 to 2010. During the previous 5 years (2001-2005) there was a reduction of the number of deaths from 33.9 deaths per 100,000 live births to 17.6 deaths per 100,000 live births. Sadly, Black, non-Hispanic women were 12X  more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than White, non-Hispanic women from 2006-2010. This represented a 5 fold increase from the previous reporting period (7X increased to 12X). It should be noted that the increase in deaths was assocaited with a 45% DECREASE in deaths for White, non-Hispanic women. In addition, Asian/Pacific Islander women were 4X more likely to die and Hispanic women were 3X more likely to die compared with White, non-Hispanic women. These disparities reflect a health inequity that must be addressed with aggressive actions. Structural issues including race, poverty and education contribute to these poor outcomes. Greater involvement from these affected low-income communities must be mobilized to tackle other contributing factors to pregnancy-related deaths, e.g., obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. All stakeholders must partner with communities to reverse these disturbing trends. To read the entire report please click:https://www1.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/ms/pregnancy-associated-mortality-report.pdf

Did you know?

Between 1990 and 2008, maternal mortality worldwide dropped by one third.

Source:The World Health Organization, 2010


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