Black Maternal Health Week Shines Light on Preventable Disparities in Pregnancy-Related Deaths

Philadelphia, PA – As Black Maternal Health Week approaches from April 11-17, highlighting the importance of Black maternal health, the ongoing disparities in maternal mortality rates between Black and White women in the United States continue to be a pressing issue. Every year, hundreds of individuals experience pregnancy-related deaths or severe complications during childbirth, with a significant portion of these outcomes deemed preventable. The need for timely recognition of maternal warning signs, prompt medical intervention, …

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Maternal Health Crisis: Unlock the Editor’s Digest for Free to Learn How to Save Lives

London, United Kingdom – Despite commitments from the international community to reduce preventable deaths during pregnancy and childbirth, progress has stagnated, leaving vulnerable women and newborns at risk worldwide. The issue is particularly pronounced in sub-Saharan Africa, where mortality rates remain high. Every two minutes, a woman dies somewhere in the world due to pregnancy or childbirth complications, while over 6,000 neonatal babies pass away within their first four weeks of life each day. These …

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Maternal Mortality Rates in the US: Are They Exaggerated?

New York, NY – Maternal mortality rates in the United States have been a growing concern in recent years, with many questioning whether the reported figures are accurate. A recent study delved into this issue, aiming to shed light on whether the rising rates are inflated or reflective of a true increase in maternal deaths. Researchers analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and found that while there has been a …

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Maternal Mortality Rates in the US: New Study Challenges CDC Data

An increase in maternal mortality rates in the United States has raised concerns among health experts in recent years. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a significant spike in the country’s maternal mortality rate, rising by approximately 40% in 2021 compared to the previous year. This marked an increase to 32.9 deaths per 100,000 births, up from 23.8 deaths per 100,000 births in 2020. Numerous publications have highlighted this concerning …

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Maternal Mortality Rates Improve with Pregnancy Mention Policy, Study Finds

VANCOUVER, Canada – Recent findings published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology reveal a significant impact on maternal mortality rates when maternal deaths are accurately identified by mentioning pregnancy among the multiple causes of death. This study, led by K.S. Joseph, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of British Columbia, examined maternal deaths in the United States spanning from 1999 to 2021. The study uncovered a 144 percent rise in maternal deaths using the …

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