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Maternal Mortality Special Reports
“If you’re an ob/gyn, remember that these women are not statistics. They are precious mothers who are trusting you with their precious gifts.” This is one father’s story about the impact of maternal mortality and how obgyns can support the families of their lost patients.
Contemporary OB/GYN launched the Maternal Mortality Special Series in January with a guest editorial from the series editor, Carolyn Zelop, MD. This quiz goes over some of the important takeaways on the issues she covered. If you need a refresher before taking the quiz, her article can be found here. The answers to each question can be found on the following page.
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Women who give birth in rural areas face unique challenges because of geography but state-based data collection hampers efforts to understand and address the factors that place them at particular risk for morbidity and mortality.
More than half of rural counties in the United States have no hospital obstetrical services, many remaining services are closing at a frightening pace, and maternal and perinatal mortality and/or morbidity are rising as a consequence.
Speakers from across the country and from all walks of life came to the March for Moms in Washington, DC, with a single goal: motivating society to improve the lives of mothers, babies and birthing families.
Contemporary OB/GYN will post links to reports on OB hospital closures to help illustrate the impact these closures have on their patients and maternal mortality rates. Be sure to check back often for the very latest links and information.
To help combat maternal mortality rates globally, the US government has invested more than $15 billion since 2008 in innovative measures to accelerate reduction in deaths. These efforts are led by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
With the United States ranked No. 50 globally in maternal deaths, support is growing in Congress for the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2017 (H.R. 1318/S. 1112).