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National Public Radio (NPR) Continues its Reporting on High Maternal Death Rates in US

On July 5th 2017 NPR radio along with ProPublica followed up on a piece that was broadcast on May 12 2017 regarding the risks of pregnancy and childbirth to expectant mothers. The US has the highest death rates in the developed world. Well over 60% of these deaths are preventable. The current broadcast specifically focused on one of these preventable conditions --pre-eclampsia- which is associated with high blood pressure and seizures. If left untreated the mother and even the newborn can die.

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Menstruation Mitigates Women's Empowerment

Yesterday (May 28, 2017) was Menstrual Hygiene Day. This was a day to raise awareness that women in developing countries do not have access to products, clean toilets and are ignorant regarding the management of their period. We know that this biological function is a normal fact of life for women. Unfortunately, for so many women in developing countries it is so embarrassing that it causes girls to NOT attend schools.

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

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.

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US Maternal Deaths Increase despite Improvements in Healthcare

Ms. Sabrina Tavernise sadly documents (NY Times – September 22nd 2016) that maternal mortality has increased in the US more than any other developed country during the past 15 years. We spend almost 18% of GDP on healthcare (over 2x than any other country) yet are burdened with women dying during a time that they should be celebrating the birth of new lives. In addition to factors she has noted, structural issues of poverty, education, and stigma also impact on maternal morbidity and lead to increased deaths.

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BLOG: FIELD NOTES

Life For Mothers Analyzing Data from Phase I of Pilot Project

Jan 1, 1970

The staff at Life for Mothers is currently analyzing the data gathered during Phase I of our pilot project. We hope to complete our analysis in the next few weeks and prepare it for publication. All results from our analysis …
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New York Times: Maternal Deaths Focus Harsh Light on Uganda

Jan 1, 1970

July 29, 2011 By CELIA W. DUGGER ARUA, Uganda — Jennifer Anguko was slowly bleeding to death right in the maternity ward of a major public hospital. Only a lone midwife was on duty, the hospital later admitted, and no …
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Life For Mothers Releases Preliminary Results from its Pilot Project (Phase l) Completed May 2011

Jan 1, 1970

Maternal/neonatal mortality rate is unacceptably high in rural Uganda where 90% of the population lives.


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