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New Data Highlights Disturbing Maternal Mortality by Race Statistics

National Vital Statistics Reports recently released a report that highlights the increased number of pregnancy-related deaths among women of color. The new data indicates that, in the U.S., black women are 2.5 times more likely to die during pregnancy than white women, and 3 times more often than Hispanic women.

The Data

According to the 2018 data released in the report, the maternal mortality rate for non-Hispanic, black women was 37.1 deaths per 100,000 live births. Compared to non-Hispanic, white women, at 14.7 deaths, and Hispanic women, at 11.8 deaths, the figure is alarming.

The World Health Organization defines “maternal death” as death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of being pregnant, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management, but not from accidental or incidental causes. For the past several years, the U.S. has had the worst maternal mortality rate among developed countries. In fact, a 2018 investigation by USA Today found that the U.S. is the “most dangerous place in the developed world to give birth.” The article states that more than 50,000 mothers are severely injured during or after childbirth.

Can Maternal Death be Prevented?

A report published by the CDC in mid-2018 indicates that 3 in 5 pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. could be prevented. The CDC report 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.

According to the analysis, women in the U.S. who identified as black, American Indian or Alaska native were at a 3 time’s greater risk of maternal death than white women.

Stepping up for New Mothers

In some locations, positive changes in maternal health care are being implemented. New York City announced a new home visit program to check on first-time mothers after giving birth. The program is called New Family Home Visits. It will be offered to new parents to help lower the risk for maternal anxiety, depression and other health challenges. The program also aims to help strengthen the bond between parents and their babies.

What Can you Do if a Loved one Died During Childbirth?

If your loved one died during pregnancy, labor, childbirth or the postpartum period, please contact us at 877-262-9767. Our experienced, compassionate attorneys can listen to your story and discuss whether you have a valid legal claim.

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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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