“We are missing opportunities to identify risk factors prior to pregnancy, and there are often delays in recognizing symptoms during pregnancy and postpartum, particularly for black women,” Dr. Lisa Hollier, immediate past president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said in a statement.
Approximately 700 women die in the United States each year as a result of pregnancy, which is the worst in the world when comparing high-income countries. The CDC study examined pregnancy-related deaths (the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births) between 2011 and 2015. The rate of death for black mothers (42.8) was 3.5 times higher than their white counterparts (13).
“Racial inequality is a reality in healthcare, and it can lead to preventable deaths for mothers and expecting mothers where risk factors and symptoms are overlooked or ignored,” said Leah Barron, a partner at Brown & Barron, a specialist in birth injury cases.
According to the New York Times, mothers should never ignore the following symptoms:
- chest pain
- shortness of breath
- heavy bleeding or a slow-healing C-section incision
- redness or swelling on the leg (potential blog clot)
- fever (potential infection), and
Preventable Deaths Related to Pregnancy
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