Pregnancy-related deaths have fallen to pre-pandemic levels, new US data says – ET HealthWorld

New York: US pregnancy related deaths have returned to pre-pandemic levels, new government data shows. Nearly 680 women died during pregnancy or soon after childbirth last year, according to provisional CDC data. This is down from 817 deaths in 2022 and 1,205 deaths in 2021, when it was the highest level in more than 50 years.

Donna Hoyert said COVID-19 appears to be the main explanation for the improvement Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Maternal mortality rate Researcher.

Corona virus can be especially dangerous for pregnant women. And, experts say, in the worst days of the pandemic, exhausted physicians have increased the risks by ignoring pregnant women’s concerns.

Fewer death certificates are citing COVID-19 as a contributor to pregnancy-related deaths. Hoyert said the count was more than 400 in 2021 but was less than 10 last year.

The agency released a report on Thursday detailing final maternal mortality data for 2022. It also recently released provisional data for 2023. Those numbers are expected to change after further analysis — the final 2022 number was 11 percent higher than the provisional one. Still, it is expected to finish in 2022 through 2023, Hoyert said.

The CDC counts women who die from pregnancy-related conditions during pregnancy, during delivery, and up to 42 days after birth. Excessive bleeding, blockage in blood vessels and infection are its main causes.

According to provisional data, there were about 19 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births in 2023. This is in line with the rates seen in 2018 and 2019.

But racial disparities Balance: The death rate among black mothers is two and a half times higher than that of white and Hispanic mothers.

“We haven’t really made much improvement in reducing maternal mortality in our country over the last five years, so there’s still a lot of work to do,” said Ashley Stoneburner, director of applied research and analytics for the March of Dimes.

The advocacy organization this week launched an education campaign to get more pregnant women to consider taking low dose aspirin If they are at risk of preeclampsia – a high blood pressure disorder that can harm both mother and baby.

There are other efforts that may help reduce deaths and longer stays health problems Pregnancy-related, including increased efforts to fight infection and overcome blood loss, said Dr. Laura Riley, a New York City-based obstetrician who handles it. high risk pregnancies,

But there is a risk that those types of improvements are being offset by a number of factors that could reduce women’s ability to get medical care before, during and after birth, he said. The list includes — and contributed to — the closing of rural hospitals and a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2022 that struck down the federally established right to abortion, experts say. physician burnout Doctors feel hindered in providing care during pregnancy-related medical emergencies.

“I think the good news is. We’re making progress in some areas,” said Riley, the OB-GYN chief at Weill Cornell Medicine. “But the bad news and the scary news is… there are other political and social forces that make it (reducing maternal deaths) difficult.”

  • Published May 2, 2024 at 11:20am IST

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