Maternal Mortality Developed Before COVID-19 Epidemic in the U.S.

Black women still have the highest maternal mortality rate in the country compared to white and Spanish women, according to a new CDC report.


MAKE an average maternal mortality rate in the U.S. We have increased more than 15% by 2019, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The outbreak came at a time when the country was at risk of the COVID-19 epidemic and its disruption to traditional medicine. The full impact of the epidemic on the effects of maternal health remains to be seen, although some fear it could cripple what has been considered a crisis.

"COVID-19 is the third leading cause of death in the United States this year, and among those numbers are pregnant women," said Dr. Neel Shah, assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School. The CDC said pregnant women face higher risks of serious illness from COVID-19.

Shah, who was not involved in the new study, adds that although there were no major changes in maternal mortality during the epidemic, COVID-19 disrupted maternal care and well-being, including at the beginning of the period when support people were locked out of delivery rooms.

In total, 96 more women died during pregnancy or within 42 days of their pregnancy in 2019 than in 2018 - 754 compared to 658. That translates into 20.1 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2019, from 17.4 per 100,000 in 2018 to what the report calls a significant increase.

Black women still face the highest maternal mortality rate compared to white and Spanish women, the report said. Although the increase from 37.3 of 100,000 live births in 2018 did not show a significant increase according to the report, according to the report, the rate of 44 black women dying per 100,000 in 2019 was twice as high as 17.9 percent of white women, further racial inequality. experts and lawyers have been working to shut down.

"One of the clear and leading indications that racism is a clear and real danger to people's lives is maternal mortality," Shah said.

The percentage of Black women was also three times the number of Spanish women, which was 12.6. And the maternal mortality rate in 2019 has risen sharply for white women, according to the report, by 20% from 14.9 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2018.

In addition, maternal mortality rates increased with age group, and differences between groups were significant. Although the number of women aged 40 and over did not change significantly, for example, it was six times the death rate of 75.5 per 100,000 live births than the average number of women under the age of 25, of whom 12.6 were killed by 100,000 people.

Meanwhile, the proportion of women aged 25 to 39 has increased dramatically, from 16.6 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2018 to 19.9 per 100,000 live births in 2019.

Shah notes that some of the figures in this report could be artificial due to the lack of maternal mortality reporting and various reporting in the provinces. He also said it was too early to know that the latest policy interventions made a huge difference in maternal mortality.

However, he says, the best data points should not cover the main message of the report.

"All maternal deaths are catastrophic," Shah said, adding that most of these deaths were protected.

Data show that the U.S. It has an alarming maternal mortality rate compared to other high-income countries, and a new CDC report marks the second official release of maternal mortality rates in more than a decade.

Shah notes that while the latest policies aimed at preventing maternal deaths are a direct step - for example, the latest COVID-19 package, includes offers that offer the opportunity to extend Medicaid coverage up to a year after childbirth - there is still more to complete.

He adds that more caregivers are needed - including color providers - to ensure not only that people survive childbirth, but also that they feel respected and cared for as well.

“Survival is a very low bar when we talk about people giving birth,” Shah said. "We should be aiming for a way, a very high way. And the goal is dignity, and part of that is to make sure you are safe and everything else ensures that people have a role in the care they need."