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Quick Facts about Maternal Mortality

Some of the most common causes of maternal mortality Include

  • Anesthesia Complications
  • Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE)
  • Cardiomyopathy (Enlarged Heart)
  • Cardiovascular Conditions (Affects the heart and blood vessels)
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (Stroke) 
  • Gestational Diabetes (Diabetes during pregnancy)
  • Gestational Hypertension (High Blood Pressure during and after Pregnancy)
  • Infection or Sepsis (systemic infection)
  • Pre-eclampsia/Eclampsia (High blood pressure, swelling, stomach pain especially on your right side, not peeing enough/seizures)
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage (Massive bleeding after delivering your baby)
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis leading to Thrombotic Pulmonary or other embolisms (a blood clot that starts in the legs, breaks free, and travels to the lungs)
Current Statistics

Among pregnancy-related deaths with information on timing

     22% of deaths occurred during pregnancy
     25% occurred on the day of delivery or within 7 days after 
     53% occurred between 7 days to 1 year after pregnancy

The leading underlying causes of pregnancy-related death include:
     Mental health conditions (including deaths to suicide and overdose/poisoning r/t substance use disorder) (23%)
     Excessive bleeding (hemorrhage) (14%)
     Cardiac and coronary conditions (relating to the heart) (13%)
     Infection (9%)
     Thrombotic embolism (a type of blood clot) (9%)
     Cardiomyopathy (a disease of the heart muscle) (9%)
     Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (relating to high blood pressure) (7%)

The U.S. has the worst maternal mortality rates of all developed nations!

80% of deaths are completely preventable!  

Approximately 800 women die each yr. and even more suffer long-term complications!

Black mothers die at 4 times the rate of all others!

If you are a Healthcare Provider ask yourself these questions

Is your facility following nationally recognized standards of care?

Are protocols being followed with each encounter?

Is every woman experiencing the same level of treatment?

Could there be areas of unconscious bias present?

In an emergency, does everyone have a job and know their job?

Is your front desk staff knowledgeable enough to identify problems via the phone? 

Are they empowered to escalate issues immediately? 

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