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WNYC News Radio reports on rising complication rate from pregnancies and births in NYC

Today WNYC News radio broadcast the findings of the recent report on maternal health released by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Yesterday, Life for Mothers (LfM) discussed the results of both reports revealing that women in NYC are suffering complications from pregnancy and childbirth at significantly higher rates than the rest of the country. LfM recognizes that the causes for these increased rates are multifactorial and structurally based. Today's news release should be an immediate wake-up call to redouble our efforts to reverse the disturbing trend.

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New York City's maternal mortality rate remains essentially unchanged between 2006 and 2010

In a report just published by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, maternal mortality in New York City remained essentially unchanged from the years 2006 to 2010. During the previous 5 years (2001-2005) there was a reduction of the number of deaths from 33.9 deaths per 100,000 live births to 17.6 deaths per 100,000 live births. Sadly, Black, non-Hispanic women were 12X  more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than White, non-Hispanic women from 2006-2010. This represented a 5 fold increase from the previous reporting period (7X increased to 12X).

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New York City suffers increased birth-related and life threatening complications compared to national rate

A report just published by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals that from 2008 to 2010 the rate of life-threatening complications sustained by women of reproductive age (referred as severe maternal morbidity-SMM) has increased over 25% during this time period. In addition, in NYC the rate of these complications was 1.6X the national rate from 2008-2009. There are myriad factors that have led to this rise which include, but not limited to strutural issues (high-poverty, low education), pre-existining conditions, e.g., obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.

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Integration of Family Planning and HIV Services Gains Traction in Uganda

K4Health released a toolkit on March 7 2016 entitled Strengthening Integration of Family Planning (FP) and HIV Services in Uganda. The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) has played a role in scaling up these initiatives throughout the country. Life for Mothers (LfM) has been advocating for years that FP and HIV must be linked in order to eliminate new cases of HIV and decrease transmission of HIV from mother to child (EMTCT). One of the tenets of this strategy includes eliminating unintended pregnancies through FP as well as using condomes to reduce transmission of HIV (dual protection).

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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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