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Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world, study finds

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Molly Redden
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The rate of Texas women who died from complications related to pregnancy doubled from 2010 to 2014, a new study has found, for an estimated maternal mortality rate that is unmatched in any other state and the rest of the developed world.

The finding comes from a report, appearing in the September issue of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, that the maternal mortality rate in the United States increased between 2000 and 2014, even while the rest of the world succeeded in reducing its rate. Excluding California, where maternal mortality declined, and Texas, where it surged, the estimated number of maternal deaths per 100,000 births rose to 23.8 in 2014 from 18.8 in 2000 – or about 27%.

But the report singled out Texas for special concern, saying the doubling of mortality rates in a two-year period was hard to explain “in the absence of war, natural disaster, or severe economic upheaval”.

From 2000 to the end of 2010, Texas’s estimated maternal mortality rate hovered between 17.7 and 18.6 per 100,000 births. But after 2010, that rate had leaped to 33 deaths per 100,000, and in 2014 it was 35.8. Between 2010 and 2014, more than 600 women died for reasons related to their pregnancies.

No other state saw a comparable increase.


For those here who believe in God you will understand when I say this is truly 'sinful'. And for those who don't, you no doubt understand 'shameful'.

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Mon Aug 22, 2016, 06:32 AM

1. Well th e"devil" is in the details.

Why did the rate jump? Could it be that many more illegals crossed the border? Could it b e women stopped getting proper prenatal care?

Drug and alcohol use? All we have for fact here is that the death rate jumped.

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Mon Aug 22, 2016, 06:49 AM

2. Did you read this part?

In the wake of the report, reproductive health advocates are blaming the increase on Republican-led budget cuts that decimated the ranks of Texas’s reproductive healthcare clinics. In 2011, just as the spike began, the Texas state legislature cut $73.6m from the state’s family planning budget of $111.5m. The two-thirds cut forced more than 80 family planning clinics to shut down across the state. The remaining clinics managed to provide services – such as low-cost or free birth control, cancer screenings and well-woman exams – to only half as many women as before.

At the same time, Texas eliminated all Planned Parenthood clinics – whether or not they provided abortion services – from the state program that provides poor women with preventive healthcare. Previously, Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas offered cancer screenings and contraception to more than 130,000 women.

I wonder if limiting access to health care might have had something to do with it.

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Mon Aug 22, 2016, 07:54 PM

3. There does seem to be a cause and effect, but why were women dying?

What was happening to cause women to die in childbirth? or during pregnancy?? Maybe they would have survived- but what was the Cause of the big increase?? What underlying problems were occuring?

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