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Black Mothers in Illinois at Higher Risk of Death from Pregnancy-Related Conditions

In October 2018, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams attended a news conference at the University of Illinois announcing findings of a detailed report on pregnancy-related maternal deaths. According to the report referencing data from 2015, per 100,000 live births in Illinois, there were 72 deaths of non-Hispanic black women, 24 pregnancy-related deaths of Hispanic women, and 11 deaths of non-Hispanic white women. This indicates a six times greater risk of death for black women than for white women. Causes of death to these women included complications from blood clots, heart failure, hemorrhages, sepsis, and mental health conditions. 33 percent of these deaths occurred between 43 and 364 days after delivery. Sadly, the research committee found that the majority of these pregnancy-related deaths were preventable.

Consequently, the committee has suggested that hospitals implement well-defined emergency room policies to identify postpartum women, and is encouraging mothers to schedule a postpartum check-up. Other recommendations included creating home care programs, increasing care to include a “fourth trimester” of post-natal care, and expanding Medicaid eligibility from 60 days postpartum to one year.

If you lost a loved one during the labor and delivery process, please call us at 877-262-9767.

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The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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