By D. Kevin McNeir, NJ Urban News
Each year in the U.S., hundreds of women die either during pregnancy or in the year after, while thousands more suffer unexpected outcomes of labor and delivery that result in serious health consequences – some short-term and others that continue for years.
But as the Centers for Disease Control emphasize, because more than 80% of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. are preventable, every pregnancy-related death is tragic.
Among the CDC’s recommendations to reduce many pregnancy-related deaths: recognizing urgent maternal warning signs; providing timely treatment; and delivering respectful, quality care.
Global view poses poorly for U.S.
According to the World Health Organization, in 2020, approximately 800 women died from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth – meaning that a woman died around every two minutes.
Now, as nations across the globe continue to recover from the COVID pandemic, maternal mortality rates worldwide have dropped by almost 44% over the last 15 years, according to a new report released July 12 by the United Nations.
The report, published by the United Nations, UN News, global perspective human stories, indicates maternal deaths around the world dropped from about 532,000 in 1990, to an estimated 303,000 this year (http://news.un.org). But in the same United Nations report, the gap between those who live and those who die is especially wide in the world’s richest nation: the United States.
It further determined that Black women in the Americas remain subject to a heavier burden of maternal mortality than their peers.
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