U.S. No Longer Best Place to Have a Baby

The United States is one of only eight countries to see an increase in maternal mortality since 2003, according to a new report from the University of Washington.

A report from Save the Children ranked Somalia as the most difficult country in which to be a mother; there, mothers face a one-in-seven chance of death during childbirth. Finland, where mothers have a one-in-12,000 chance of fatality during delivery, ranked as the best place to have a child. The United States ranked alongside Romania and Iran.

“When we first started doing this study 15 years ago, the U.S. was #4, now it has moved to 31,” said Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children.

“Our health care system really doesn’t cater to the most disadvantaged people,” said Miles. “It’s a blanket system that gives many people access, but ignores high-risk populations.” ┬áMiles stressed the importance of putting a focus on community healthcare in poor neighborhoods as one way to improve maternal mortality rates.

The two main causes of maternal mortality are pulmonary embolism and hemorrhaging. Early induction, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and C-sections are all associated with higher risk of hemorrhage.

Debra Bingham, vice president of research for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), is concerned about the tendency to induce early delivery for “scheduling or convenience.” AWHONN has launched a campaign called “Don’t Rush Me, Let Me Go the Full Forty” in order to educate mothers that inducing labor early can come with a scary set of risks.

Source: Desert News


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