Healthcare

States Urged To Reduce Pregnancy-Related Deaths | Kaiser Health News

The US has a higher death rate for pregnant women than Canada or England. Is it our health care system?

There are several possible reasons for the higher U.S. rate, including better reporting, mothers giving birth at older ages (increasing the odds of pregnancy-related complications) and the growing percentage of expectant mothers with untreated chronic conditions such as obesity, hypertension and diabetes. The upsurge in opioid overdoses also may be a factor.

States are being asked to collect data on the deaths of pregnant women and new mothers to determine how to reduce maternal mortality rates.

Source: States Urged To Reduce Pregnancy-Related Deaths | Kaiser Health News

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