Gerald Tarutis

Pregnant Mothers At Risk

Posted by Gerald Tarutis on June 08, 2017

Two years ago on April, 2015, PBS reported that an estimated 18.5 mothers died for every 100,000 births in 2013, compared with 7.2 in 1987.  This translates to, “a woman giving birth here [USA] is twice as likely to die than in Saudi Arabia and three times as likely than in the United Kingdom.”

In 2016 Diane Rheim reported that “in 2014, Britain's rate was 6.7 deaths per 100,000. Germany, 4.1 deaths per 100,000. And the U.S. rate, 23.8 percent deaths per 100,000” and on a state level the “mortality rate differs depending on the state. It doubled in Texas from 2000 to 2014, but decreased in California.”

NPR special correspondent Renee Montagne and ProPublica gender and sexuality reporter Nina Martin spent more than six months investigating the mortality rates among pregnant.  On May 12, 2017 they reported “Every year, 700 to 900 American women die in the US from pregnancy related causes, and 65,000 nearly die. They are three times more likely to die in childbirth than women in Canada, and six times more likely than Scandinavian women.”

It was also reported that:  “In the last decade or so, at least 20 hospitals have established multidisciplinary fetal care centers for babies at high risk for a variety of problems. So far, only one hospital in the U.S. — NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia —has a similar program for high-risk moms-to-be.

In regular maternity wards, too, babies are monitored more closely than mothers during and after birth, maternal health advocates told ProPublica and NPR. Newborns in the slightest danger are whisked off to neonatal intensive care units like the one Lauren Bloomstein worked at, staffed by highly trained specialists ready for the worst, while their mothers are tended by nurses and doctors who expect things to be fine and are often unprepared when they aren't.”