The US is the most dangerous country in the developed world for the birth of a mother, a report has highlighted.
An investigation of USA Today has dug out the fact that 50,000 women are "seriously injured" during childbirth and about 700 mothers die. Half of these deaths could have been prevented, as well as the injuries, if the correct safety procedures were followed, the report said.
Most women give birth without problems. However, the study "The Global Burden of Disease 2015 Maternal Mortality," published in The Lancet Journal in the "Deadly Deliveries" report, reveals the startling inequality between the US and other developed nations.
The conclusion was the result of a four-year investigation into this included the evaluation of more than half a million pages of internal hospital records, including more than 150 cases of botched births.
It showed that the most common causes of death in the US are bleeding and severe hypertension, where blood pressure and blood loss must be closely monitored. And doctors too often measure "eye ball" instead of blood loss, according to USA Today.
Analysis of Records On government-funded quality programs at dozens of hospitals in New York, Pennsylvania, and the Carolinas stated that less than half of the Maternity wives were treated for their high blood pressure so they could suffer a stroke. And Less Than 15 Percent Of Vulnerable Mothers Received Recommended Treatment
The investigation found that in hospitals across the country in a number of hospitals, care was inadequate.
In the case of the Texas woman she was almost bleeding her heart stopped during labor. She later had a hysterectomy and needed a kidney transplant for her injuries.
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Alison Young, the investigative journalist behind the report, told CBS this morning, "We We're not just talking about the women who die, we're talking about 50,000 US women suffering life-altering damage. "
Young called for clinicians to prioritize the safety of pregnant women and to introduce hospitals and practices to the Alliance for safety checklists for innovations in maternal health programs
The example of California, where the maternal mortality rate has halved thanks to the introduction of safety measures, shows how the situation can change. The USA Today report reflects the findings of a NPR and ProPublica maternal mortality study in the US, concluding a "hodgepodge" of hospital protocols for dealing with potentially fatal but easily treatable complications. The hospitals also proved unwilling for maternal emergencies.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The website of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists examines the inequality of maternal mortality between the United States and other developed countries, where it also points to racial differences in maternal mortality. Black women, for example, die three to four times more often from pregnancy complications than non-Hispanic white women.