Maternal death rates are on the rise in the United States. They should be in a decline, thanks to excellent medical care and procedures. But something is causing more women to die annually from preventable illnesses and complications.
Mortality rates reached very high levels in maternity institutions in the 1800s, sometimes climbing to 40 percent of patients. At the beginning of the 1900s, death rates were around 1 in 100 for live births. Currently, there are an estimated 275,000 maternal deaths each year.
Maternal Death Rates
In the United States, the maternal death rate averaged 9.1 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births during the years 1979–1986. But then rose rapidly to 14 per 100,000 in 2000 and 17.8 per 100,000 in 2009. In 2013 the rate was 18.5 deaths per 100,000 live births, with some 800 maternal deaths reported.
Four elements are essential to prevention, according to UNFPA.
– First, prenatal care.
– Second, skilled birth attendance with emergency backup such as doctors, nurses and midwives.
– Third, emergency obstetric care to address the major causes of maternal death.
– Lastly, postnatal care which is the six weeks following delivery.
The major causes of maternal death are:
– unsafe abortion
– hypertensive disorders
– obstructed labor.
Prevention is key, if you think you might be pregnant make sure to seek prenatal care. The best way to keep yourself healthy is to find a doctor as early as possible and go in for regular check ups to make sure there are no complications.
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