Today on my internet provider’s homepage there was a news headline that said something like: “US maternal deaths on the rise”. The headline was only up for several hours this morning. It was likely removed to make room for more important news like Lindsey Lohan’s latest drunken caper, or Britney Spear’s latest shave job.
I read the AP article and found that the most of the experts quoted didn't think this stat was correct. According to the WHO, UNICEF, and the United Nations Population Fund, the
Does anyone notice the increase correlates with the rise in our c-section rate? With about 1 in 3 women giving birth by surgery, it seems only natural to see this increase in maternal death. Surgery is surgery, even when there is a birth involved, and it comes with risks. One of those risks is death. Now before someone jumps all over me because I mentioned death as a risk with c-sections, I will say that most c-sections (and surgeries in general) are done in a controlled environment with skilled care takers. But death can happen. It does.
There will be others that are not surprised at all. I’m one of them. And then there are some who are debunking this rise in maternal deaths (I believe it is now 13 in 100,000 births, up from 11) because we are just reporting these deaths differently. This may be true, I don’t know, but even if it is how many more deaths are we actually having? How long will it take us to see how many maternal deaths are occurring to rethink how we care for women?