Jul 6, 2017

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

AUTHOR:Harry StruloviciSOURCE:National Public Radio (NPR) and ProPublica

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. The reporter--Rene Montagne (along with ProPublica) narrate the story of 2 cases with tragic consequences. Life for Mothers believes that  greater emphasis be given to the health of the mother during pregnancy and childbirth which IS being done in other developed countries, e.g., Great Britain, Denmark, etc. The myriad causes of maternal mortality include are but not limited to bleeding, eclampsia, embolism (blood clots), and infection. Without greater vigilance from hospitals and obstetricians these treatable complications will continue along with their devastating effects on all family members. To read and/or listen to the piece click here: http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=535660628 and here: http://www.npr.org/2017/07/05/535660628/u-s-hospitals-struggle-to-protect-mothers-when-childbirth-turns-deadly?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20170705&utm_campaign=npr_email_a_friend&utm_term=storyshare


Did you know?

Children who have lost their mothers are up to 10 times more likely to die prematurely than those who have not.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010


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