May 16, 2017

Focus On Infants During Childbirth Leaves U.S. Moms In Danger

AUTHOR:NINA MARTIN, PROPUBLICA and Renee Montagne (NPR)SOURCE:National Public Radio (NPR)

Following a 6 month investigation Nina Martin (ProPublica) and Renee Montagne (NPR) reported on May 12, 2017 that maternal deaths continue to rise in the US. This was broadcasted on Morning Edition/ NPR.  In September 2016 the New York Times wrote a piece detailing the high costs of medical care in the US (18% of GDP) without decreasing maternal deaths (this was highlighted on Life for Mothers’ website and on Linkedin). The current (NPR) report focused on the lack of sufficient care that expectant mothers receive before and after childbirth. The reporters believe that one of the contributing factors to this tragedy is a disproportionate (increased) emphasis on the health of the newborn compared to the mother. Approximately 700-900 mothers die each year (2-3/day) in the US. Our high rate of deaths is 3X that of developed countries, e.g., France, Germany, and over 6X the rate in the northern countries of Europe, e.g., Finland, Sweden and Denmark. The authors also identified the failure of some training programs (maternal-fetal) to include the ‘spending of time’ in labor-delivery rooms. To read the article and/or listen to the broadcast please click:

Did you know?

The risk of a woman dying in sub-Saharan Africa as a result of pregnancy or childbirth is 1 in 22, as compared to 1 in 7300 in developed regions.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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