A mother's mortality
Giving birth in the United States has gotten riskier in the last 25 years. Caregivers and lawmakers want to reverse this troubling trend.
The current generation of new moms in America face a higher risk of dying during childbirth than their mothers did 25 years ago. About 700 American women die each year from pregnancy complications and about 70 percent of these deaths are preventable.
According to a 2018 report from the Illinois Department of Public Health the following were found about maternal deaths:
- From 2008-2016, an average of 73 women died within one year of pregnancy in Illinois.
- In Illinois, non-Hispanic black women are six times as likely to die of a pregnancy-related condition as non-Hispanic white women.
- In Illinois, 72 percent of pregnancy-related deaths and 93 percent of violent pregnancy-associated deaths were deemed preventable by the review committees.
- Obesity contributed to 44 percent of pregnancy-related deaths in Illinois in 2015.