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Most Maternal Deaths Could Be Prevented, Says A New Report by CDC

A recent analysis by the CDC on maternal deaths is quite comforting. It says that 4 in 5 maternal deaths can be prevented. However, the study further emphasized the need to conduct in-depth research on the causes and preventive measures.

The findings are based on a study by the CDC. The study focused on maternal deaths between 2017 and 2019 in about 36 states. The survey highlighted that over 84% of maternal deaths could have been prevented easily.

“The CDC data reinforce that extending postpartum Medicaid coverage is sound policy, and states that have not done so are missing an opportunity to save lives. However, we have much more work to do to effectively address the underlying causes of maternal mortality to save the lives of pregnant and postpartum patients”, informs Iffath Abbasi Hoskins, President, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 

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The study further confirms that many maternity deaths could be attributed to a lack of mental health. In addition, mental health-related issues have been a common cause of post-delivery death among women in different groups; American Indian, Alaska Native, Hispanic and White. 

It is beyond doubt that urgent improvements in training and diagnosis of postpartum complications are necessary. However, it is also imperative that the changes happen across the industry, instead of a few sections or healthcare facilities.

Every year, there seems to be an increase in the number of maternity death cases in the U.S. Furthermore, black women are still highly susceptible to dying of pregnancy or delivery. A new federal report confirms that black women are three times more vulnerable to breaking such consequences than white women. 

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Meanwhile, recent data from the WHO says the U.S has the highest maternal casualty rates among developed countries. Moreover, maternity death has been declining slowly in many countries. In some countries, there have been almost no changes in the maternity death rates for quite some time. 

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