Maternal Mortality Rates on the Rise in the US

Maternal Mortality Rates on the Rise in the US

People from across the globe travel to the US for innovative medical care across areas such as prosthesis and gene therapy (Johns Hopkins). While people regain the ability to walk and chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer are being treated, the US in recent years has not been producing the best success rates for childbirth. Around the globe, maternal mortality rates have fallen by a third in the past fifteen years but surprisingly, the United States has had little influence on this worldwide success. According to the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, maternal mortality rates have actually increased (Tavernise). “There were 28 maternal deaths — defined as deaths due to complications from pregnancy or childbirth — per 100,000 births in the United States in 2013, up from 23 in 2005, the institute found” (Tavernise). The question remains as to the cause of the rise in mortality rates, especially since typical complications such as hemorrhaging or eclampsia are fairly well controlled in the US. Experts in the study attribute only some of the recent increase to chronic conditions such as obesity, more work is needed to get to the root of the recent uprise.  

 

References:

Johns Hopkins Medicine News Release. (2016, September 13). Gregg Semenza Wins Lasker Award for Insights into How Cells Sense Oxygen. Retrieved from http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/gregg_semenza_wins_lasker_award_for_insights_into_how_cells_sense_oxygen

Tavernise, Sabrina. (2016, September 21). Maternal Mortality Rate in U.S. Rises, Defying Global Trend, Study Finds. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/22/health/maternal-mortality.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fhealth&action=click&contentCollection=health&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=7&pgtype=sectionfront

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