U.S. preg­nancy deaths up, most pre­ventable

The News-Times - - NATION / WORLD -

More U.S. women are dy­ing from preg­nancy-re­lated causes, and more than half of those deaths are pre­ventable, gov­ern­ment health of­fi­cials said in a report Tues­day.

Although these deaths are rare — about 700 a year — they have been ris­ing for decades, es­pe­cially among black women.

“An Amer­i­can mom to­day is 50 per­cent more likely to die in child­birth than her own mother was,” said Dr. Neel Shah, a Har­vard Med­i­cal School ob­ste­tri­cian.

The Amer­i­can College of Ob­ste­tri­cians and Gyne­col­o­gists mean­while has re­leased new guide­lines say­ing women should have a com­pre­hen­sive heart-risk eval­u­a­tion 12 weeks after de­liv­ery, but up to 40 per­cent of women don’t re­turn for that visit and pay­ment is­sues may be one rea­son.

Bleed­ing and in­fec­tions used to cause most preg­nancy-re­lated deaths, but heartre­lated prob­lems do now.

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