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    Maternal mortality in the media

    While ob/gyns are certainly aware of the unacceptably high numbers of maternal mortality in the US, the general public is now becoming acquainted with the issue, thanks in part to coverage by mainstream media outlets, including magazines and newspapers, radio, and television. Your patients will be reading and listening to these stories with interest and, possibly, with concern. And they may turn to you for answers and reassurance.

    To help practitioners stay on these stories, Contemporary OB/GYN will post links to these reports on our Media page, and we will include details about the source of the reports and the dates of publication.

    Be sure to check back often for the very latest links and information.

    Many Nurses Lack Knowledge Of Health Risks To Mothers After Childbirth

    In recent months, mothers who nearly died in the hours and days after giving birth have repeatedly told ProPublica and NPR that their doctors and nurses were often slow to recognize the warning signs that their bodies weren't healing properly.

    NPR 8/17/17

    Is pregnancy in America much deadlier than in other rich countries?

    Due to inconsistent definitions of maternal death on US death records, maternal mortality instances may actually be more in line with the rates of other developed nations.

    The Economist 8/5/17

    Focus On Infants During Childbirth Leaves U.S. Moms In Danger

    NPR and ProPublica collaborated on a six-month long investigation into maternal mortality in the US, finding that under the assumption that it had conquered maternal mortality, the American medical system has focused more on fetal and infant safety and survival than on the mother's health and well-being.

    NPR 5/12/2017

    Black Maternal Health Matters

    While maternal mortality continues to rise at an alarming rate in the US, black mothers are disporortionately affected creating both a reproductive and social issue.

    Ebony 9/21/2016


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