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Women and the Law News

Posted on: Feb 11, 2019

From Cline Farrell Christie & Lee PC:

Since 2000, the number of mothers that die in America after giving birth has gone up every single year. According to the Center for Disease Control, 60% of these deaths are entirely preventable, from causes like high blood pressure, blood loss, and infection. Here’s some insight into how this crisis is being caused, and what new and expecting mothers should watch out for.

A Hidden Epidemic
In a recent interview with PBS, ProPublica’s Nina Martin noted that for Americans, the idea that American women die during childbirth seems crazy. Because many people imagine that death during childbirth is a thing of the past, risks often go completely unseen. When maternal deaths do occur, there isn’t enough detail on the death certificate to prove the true cause. Complications that lead to death can occur up to a year after the baby is born. But if the death doesn’t occur within the first 6 weeks after pregnancy, the treating physician might not think about pregnancy being a factor.

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