Several articles on U.S. maternal mortality rates have popped up over the last month or so, most of them using an NPR report as their primary source. Working conjointly with ProPublica, NPR spent six months conducting an in-depth investigation to uncover why the United States has a maternal mortality rate so much higher than any […]
Henci’s latest guest post on Science & Sensibility looks at the recent analysis of trends in U.S. maternal mortality from 2000 to 2014 together with other related research and media responses that offer explanations for the upward trend.
Henci has a Science & Sensibility post under that title comparing the recent study concluding that 19%, not 10-15%, is the cesarean rate above which no further reductions in maternal or neonatal mortality are seen with other recent studies of the same issue.
Women’s eNews summarizes a New York City Department of Health report on maternal mortality between 2006 and 2010 finding that women of color were more likely to die of pregnancy-related causes during pregnancy or within 1 year of delivery than white, non-Hispanic women. Specifically, black women (56.3 per 100,000 live births) were 12 times more likely, Asian/Pacific Islanders (19.9 per […]
Using the obstetric research to develop their underlying assumptions, investigators created a decision-analytic model to compare outcomes in a theoretical population of 3.2 million healthy, low-risk women with no prior cesareans, this being the number of such women giving birth in the U.S. each year, based on whether they were admitted to the hospital at less […]