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CDC Report: 60% of pregnancy-related deaths in U.S. are Preventable

According to a new CDC analysis, three in five pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. could be prevented. About a third of pregnancy-related deaths occur up to a year after a woman gives birth, 31% occur during pregnancy, and 36% of deaths happen during delivery or in the week after birth.

The CDC’s report compiled national data between 2011 and 2015, as well as data from state maternal mortality review committees. Statistics showed the leading causes of death were infections, severe bleeding, heart disease, and stroke. However, a mother’s wrongful death may also occur from complications such as surgical malpractice during a C-section, HELLP syndrome, preeclampsia, pulmonary embolism and amniotic fluid embolism.

Maternal mortality can affect women of every race, ethnicity, education, and income level. However, according to the analysis, women in the United States who identified as black, American Indian or Alaska native were at a three time’s greater risk of maternal death than white women.

Regardless of race or ethnicity, most deaths were preventable—largely due to access to care, missed or delayed diagnoses, and failure to recognize warning signs. Robert R. Redfield, Director of the CDC, said that ensuring quality care for mothers throughout pregnancy and postpartum “should be among our Nation’s highest priorities.” Improved access to prenatal and post-partum care and educating women about warning signs is critical, the CDC notes.

Since the CDC began monitoring pregnancy mortality, the number of reported pregnancy-related deaths in the United States has increased from 7.2 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1987, to 18 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2014. This ranks the United States as having the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world.

Just as healthcare providers must work to prevent maternal mortality, the CDC urges women to learn about the warning signs of complications, and mention any recent pregnancies each time they receive medical care in the year after delivery.

Of the 700 pregnancy-related deaths that occur in the U.S. each year, over 400 could have been prevented. The CDC defines pregnancy-related deaths as “the death of a woman while pregnant or within 1 year of the end of a pregnancy–regardless of the outcome, duration or site of the pregnancy–from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management…” If you believe your loved one died due to medical negligence during her pregnancy, labor, childbirth or the postpartum period, please contact 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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