Obesity and C-sections Connected to Rising Number of Pregnancy-Related Deaths Photo: Veer / The Bump
The California Department of Public Health released a statement saying that deaths from pregnancy-related causes are on the rise. Don’t worry, at 0.014 percent, they’re still really rare. But researchers point to a number of factors that increased a woman’s likelihood of dying as a result of pregnancy complications. Being obese or gaining excessive pregnancy weight was one of them. Another factor was having a c-section. That’s particularly scary since the c-section rate is at an all-time high -- they now account for almost a third of births in the US.
Other groups at significantly higher risk according to the statement? Women with lower incomes and less education, and African-American women, who were four times more likely to die than women of other ethnic backgrounds -- and were more likely to have the other risk factors. Let’s hope this statement gives doctors clues on how to get that rate back down.
Are you concerned by the increase in maternal deaths? Why or why not?
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