Sep 27, 2016

US Maternal Deaths Increase despite Improvements in Healthcare

AUTHOR: Ms. Sabrina TaverniseSOURCE:New York Times

Ms. Sabrina Tavernise sadly documents (NY Times – September 22nd 2016) that maternal mortality has increased in the US more than any other developed country during the past 15 years. We spend almost 18% of GDP on healthcare (over 2x than any other country) yet are burdened with women dying during a time that they should be celebrating the birth of new lives. In addition to factors she has noted, structural issues of poverty, education, and stigma also impact on maternal morbidity and lead to increased deaths. Furthermore, antenatal visits often do not occur and women deliver without ever having been screened and/or treated a priori for any potential pre-existing conditions, e.g. obesity, high blood pressure, etc. In parts of NYC, specifically Harlem, the death rates exceed those of Vietnam and even some areas in Sub-Saharan Africa. Political will, good governance, community based and male partner involvement can bring us closer to realizing the goal of safe motherhood in the US and join other developed nations which have significantly lower maternal deaths (Of the 30 countries in the OECD we rank 28th). To read the article click here: rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fhealth&action=click&contentCollection=health®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=17&pgtype=sectionfront

Did you know?

The leading causes of maternal deaths are hemorrhage, infections, unsafe abortions, high blood pressure leading to seizures, and obstructed labor.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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