Childbirth Injuries and Maternal Mortality

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 650 American women die each year as a result of complications of pregnancy and childbirth. The United States has a higher maternal mortality ratio than over 40 other countries. The CDC reported that at least 50% of those deaths are preventable. Pregnancy-associated death is defined as the death of a woman while pregnant or within one year of termination of pregnancy. Although not all pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, a disturbing number of preventable deaths still plague our health system. Maternal mortality can be caused by a plethora of medical conditions, including:

  • Hypertension
  • Peripartum cardiomyopathy
  • Placental abruption
  • Hemorrhage
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Surgical errors during a C-section
  • Thromboembolism
  • Infection
  • Amniotic fluid embolism
  • Anesthesia errors

Failure to manage these and other conditions turns what should be one of the most momentous and happy occasions of a woman’s life to a tragic one.

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