Aug 17, 2017

PBS News Focus on High Maternal Mortality in US

AUTHOR:Renee Montagne of NPR and Nina Martin of ProPublicaSOURCE:PBS News Hour

The high maternal mortality of US women continues to garner attention with media outlets not limited to radio, television and the internet. The greater awareness that life-threatening issues can result during pregnancy and birth is crucial for the public to know. Doctors, nurses and ancillary health workers sopmetimes are not cognizant of certain signs and symptoms that may lead to life-long complications and even death. Lack of access to care in rural areas along with pre-existing conditions, e.g. poverty, overweight, obesity, diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), age place the mother at greater risk. Traditionally, the focus has been with the newborn (and still is) at  the expense of the mother's health. A paradigm shift is incumbent upon health provider to exhibit increased vigilance when a women gets pregnant and progresses to giving birth. As mentioned in the piece  the CDC estimates that 60% of these deaths are preventable. Educating and informing the public et. al to these factors will go a long way to helping these mothers survive and thrive. To access the piece please click--note the video and text are provided:

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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