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Preventable Pregnancy-Related Deaths Report Released

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a recent summary of pregnancy-related deaths from 2008-2017 (1). The data summarized was voluntarily given to the CDC by 14 Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRCs) across the country.  In an effort to understand the incidence of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S., these committees reported a vast amount…

Maternity Care Shortages and Birth Injuries

One of the major risk factors for birth injuries, such as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), is lack of access to high quality healthcare. This means that births may be more dangerous if the mother does not live near a hospital with trained and qualified staff, or if she is uninsured/unable to afford care.  Additionally, some states…

Maternal Mortality in the United States

The likelihood of a woman dying from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes in the United States is higher than that of a woman in any other developed nation. Currently, the rate of maternal mortality (estimated at 26 out of 100,000 live births[1]) is almost six times what it is in Scandinavia (2). It is higher even…