A recent USA Today investigation revealed that the United States now ranks as the most dangerous developed country for pregnant women to give birth in. Each year as many as 700 mothers die during childbirth. Another 50,000 women suffer serious injuries either beforehand or afterwards.
Their research also shows that two of the conditions most apt to cause American women complications during childbirth include extreme blood loss or high blood pressure.
Data compiled by their researchers shows that at least 60 percent of mothers who die during labor or soon thereafter due so from having elevated blood pressure. Others die from losing too much blood, a phenomenon known as hemorrhaging. Their research shows that 90 percent of all new moms’ hemorrhaging deaths are preventable when doctors take more proactive measures in treating their patients.
Overall, they determined that as much as 50 percent of all instances of maternal injury or mortality could have been avoided simply by doctors providing their patients with better prenatal care.
They also found that medical caregivers seem to be too standoffish when it comes to quickly intervening when problems arise.
Maternal injury and death rates have apparently increased since they were last reported averaging 26.4 per 100,000 births in 2015 in the United States. They continue to increase across the country except for in California. Their maternal mortality rate is reportedly half the national average, thanks in large part to state regulators implementing high-level safety measures in place in the state.
Other states’ regulators have been slow to implement these same safety protocols. The federal government and its Medicaid administrators haven’t required them to be used in treating their patients either.
Developed countries around the world including France, Germany and Japan continue to experience declines in their maternal mortality rates.
If you and your baby are lucky enough to survive a birth with complications, one or both of you may still face long-term implications because you didn’t receive adequate care. When injuries are lasting, you may find that having a Chicago medical malpractice advocate for you in your birth injury case is what you need.