Harvard expert on maternal mortality in the United States
Washington — In the United States, the number of women who die during or shortly after childbirth is higher than in any other developed country, especially among colored women. There are many. Identifying the cause of that racial disparity raises "essentially one of the biggest public health challenges," said the head of the Harvard Task Force, who is studying this issue, on Sunday. ..
"We believe that we are at the top of the ice mine, where women are in poor health and black women are in poor health," said Henning, director of the Maternal Health Task Force at Harvard University. Dr. Temeyer said, "Face State." "And there seem to be several reasons, from poverty to discrimination to the lack of care for this group of women."
In the United States, about 700 each year. Women die during childbirth or within the first month of childbirth, Tiemeier said, saying that most of these deaths are "preventable." According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2020report, maternal mortality in the United States for non-Hispanic black women was 55.3 per 100,000 live births, about 2.9 times higher. .. Percentage of non-Hispanic white women. High inequality can be attributed to women's overall health, poverty, lack of postnatal care, and discrimination, among other factors, Tiemeier said.
The issue of maternal mortality has become more important following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade case, and many states have been waiting for it. Implemented a ban. About the procedures and blocking of access for millions of women. Black women make up almost 40% of all abortions in the United States, and Tiemeier said restricting access to abortions has unknown implications.
"We know that abortions occur and poverty and minority people occur much more often," Tiemeier said. "We know that they have difficulty accessing abortion outside the state, so I think it will affect their physical and mental health. How many dead? No one knows. It's very difficult. "
Approximately 40% of births are covered by Medicaid, but in many states the coverage ends in the first two months of life. The federal government is encouraging more states to accept additional Medicaid funding and expand their mother's care, and Tiemeier has pointed out Texas and Mississippi as states where increased coverage helps new mothers.
"They are not accepting offers to reform the health insurance system to extend health care to women in the first year. In fact, I think they should go even further than in the first year after childbirth. "He said.
Tiemeier also said the issue was often "unaware" and emphasized the importance of expanding paid leave for new mothers.
"So giving them vacation is very important because having children is a stress on the system," said Tiemeier. "Imagine you have three children and a fourth child, and you have to do the bare minimum, but you can't achieve your goal, but breastfeeding. I don't have time to do it. "
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