Mom's Still At Risk Even in USA

We've stopped tracking small pox, but it's not time to stop tracking maternal deaths. The CDC reported that our USA maternal mortality rates were 13.3 deaths in moms per 100,000 babies born alive in 2006. But in 1996 we only had a rate of 7.6. And there are some indications out of smaller studies like the California Maternal Quality Care Cooperative , that just reported the rates of maternal mortality in California, that the rates are going even higher. And many states, like Illinois, have enacted programs to specifically address risks to mom, such as conditions of acute bleeding or having a blood clot in your leg or lungs around the time of a birth. Physicians have to go through programs, help run drills, answer questions, and repeat the follow up programs for each hospital in which they do obstetrics as part of team approach that should see the rare event of maternal mortality become even rarer. The newest program is Merck for Mothers which is going to donate money to programs around the world and in the US to prevent deaths from pregnancy.


  1. Yikes- this is very frightening! I am such the laid back person when it comes to this sort of thing..all my girlfriends are certain of impending doom..that are sure not to make it out of child birth..oh but not me! I'm the one who bounces back with no issues and am a dream patient b/c I'm not a pain in the ass. Well...until this last one..I have a blood disorder..kind of a big deal when I'm pregnant. It's in perm marker all over my chart. Well that is until I rolled in at midnight and had a baby 20 minutes time to read a chart (I guess). So when I have a ridiculous blood count (19) and I start to oh hemorrhage for oh 2 hours and nobody is called..yea well I see where this can happen. It's just not something that even crossed my mind- we are in the US after all. Thanks for letting me rant!

  2. We have reduced childbirth to so safe in the US that we don't think of risks, but it's a good reason to hire that experienced birth provider so that when medical interventions are needed, you are prepared!


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