Pregnancy-Related Deaths Are Preventable

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not mince words. Evidence clearly reveals that “three in five pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. can be prevented.”

The CDC analyzed data on pregnancy mortality between 2011 and 2015. It also scrutinized information from 13 state maternal mortality review committees. The CDC defined a pregnancy-related death as “the death of a woman during pregnancy or within a year of pregnancy from pregnancy complication, a chain of events initiated by pregnancy or the aggravation of an unrelated condition by the physiologic effects of pregnancy.”

The Findings of the Pregnancy Mortality Study

Factors Causing Pregnancy-Related Deaths

Suggested Solutions

Regardless of when, why, or how these deaths occurred, the report very clearly states that “every pregnancy-related death reflects a web of missed opportunities.” In other words, if health care providers and communities addressed the factors in a variety of ways, many of these deaths would have been avoided. In order to decrease the number of women who needlessly die as a result of pregnancy, the report suggests that we need to increase communication, increase access to preventative care, and increase patient education about warning symptoms.

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