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Identifying Solutions to Save Mother’s Lives in the US

Identifying Solutions to Save Mother’s Lives in the US

Identifying Solutions to Save Mother’s Lives in the US

The United States is the most dangerous place in the developed world to give birth. [1] According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) May 2019 Vital Signs Report, every year in the United States, approximately 50,000 mothers are severely injured and nearly 700 women die from pregnancy-related complications. Of these deaths, the CDC estimates that three in five are preventable and half the injuries could be avoided with proper care.

One of the largest disparities is race. Black women are three to four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women — regardless of education, income, or any other socio-economic factors. [2]

Health deserts, systematic inefficiencies, and even recently, restrictions in care due to the COVID-19 pandemic are also challenges faced through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care for women.

Following National Women’s Health Week, we’re diving into the issue of Maternal Health in the United States and discussing advocacy, innovation, and front-line work being done to address this challenge.

The vast majority of these deaths are preventable. What needs to be done to eliminate pregnancy-related deaths in the United States and globally? How can employers, hospitals, and government work together to drastically improve maternal health? This session will bring together thought leaders to discuss the current trends and their view on what needs to be done to change these numbers for the better.

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6818e1.htm?s_cid=mm6818e1_w
[2] https://hbr.org/2019/06/the-rising-u-s-maternal-mortality-rate-demands-action-from-employers

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