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Here is why US is the ‘most dan­ger­ous’ place to give birth in devel­oped world: analy­sis

US 'most dangerous' place to give birth in developed world: analysis

A USA Today inves­ti­ga­tion found that the Unit­ed States is the “most dan­ger­ous place to give birth in the devel­oped world.”

In the inves­ti­ga­tion released on Thurs­day, titled “Dead­ly Deliv­er­ies,” the pub­li­ca­tion found that the coun­try now has the high­est rate of mater­nal deaths in the devel­oped world, with more than 50,000 moth­ers report­ed as severe­ly injured dur­ing or after child­birth per year. The inves­ti­ga­tion also found that 700 moth­ers in the coun­try die dur­ing or after child birth every year.

Experts say that about 50 per­cent of the deaths of women from child­birth-relat­ed caus­es could be pre­vent­ed if they were giv­en bet­ter med­ical care and that’s a real­ly sur­pris­ing thing giv­en that we’re one of the wealth­i­est coun­tries in the world and we spend so much on med­ical care,” USA Today inves­tiga­tive reporter Ali­son Young, who authored the inves­ti­ga­tion, said in an inter­view with “CBS This Morn­ing” on Thurs­day.

We’re not just talk­ing about the women who die, we’re talk­ing about 50,000 U.S. women who are suf­fer­ing life-alter­ing harms,” Young con­tin­ued.

Young looked in to the nation’s hos­pi­tal mater­ni­ty wards and received sev­er­al accounts from fam­i­lies who lost women due to child­birth, in addi­tion to women who were said to be per­ma­nent­ly harmed dur­ing their deliv­er­ies, for the four-year inves­ti­ga­tion.

In one of the exam­ples pro­vid­ed in the USA Today inves­ti­ga­tion, a woman was said to have expe­ri­enced inter­nal bleed­ing after deliv­er­ing a baby by C‑section. The woman near­ly bled to death due to the num­ber of hours it took the med­ical staff to real­ize she had inter­nal bleed­ing and was in need of a hys­terec­to­my, accord­ing to the report. She and her hus­band lat­er filed a law­suit against the Knox Com­mu­ni­ty Hos­pi­tal in Ohio and set­tled the case out­side of court.Young also named hem­or­rhag­ing and severe hyper­ten­sion as the two lead­ing caus­es of child­birth deaths and said in her inves­ti­ga­tion that hos­pi­tals are often just “eye-balling” a patien­t’s blood loss dur­ing child­birth instead of weigh­ing the warn­ing signs in such cas­es.

These things have been known for many years as things that need to be done but it needs to be made a pri­or­i­ty at hos­pi­tals,” Young said. “One of the things that is being advo­cat­ed for by groups like the AIM group [Alliance for Inno­va­tion on Mater­nal Health Pro­grams] is hav­ing check­lists.”

The state-by-state rank­ings of mater­nal harms and deaths are also includ­ed in the USA Today inves­ti­ga­tion in addi­tion to a guide with life­sav­ing tips for a safer birth.

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