Blogging SFGate: U.S. Maternal Deaths on the Rise

Blogging SFGate: U.S. Maternal Deaths on the Rise

Aug 29, 2007

A recent article in SFGate contains some astonishing information: According to the National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. women are dying from childbirth at the highest rate in decades.

Several reasons are cited, including a change in the way that the statistics are reported, as well as increased obesity rates and a jump in the number of Ceasareans performed each year. 29% percent of all births in the United States are via C-Section. But race also plays a factor.

The maternal death rate in black women is at least three times greater than is it is for whites, due to lack of access to adequate health care, and it is estimated that at least 40 percent of maternal deaths could have been prevented if the quality of care had been better.

Access to the full report can be found here.

If the rising death rate is preventable, should we be doing something as a society to prevent it?

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