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Offline superdave

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"the last person you expect to die in childbirth"
« on: May 14, 2017, 01:48:33 PM »
https://www.propublica.org/article/die-in-childbirth-maternal-death-rate-health-care-system?utm_campaign=weekly-newsletter&utm_source=pardot&utm_medium=email

  I am wary of extrapolating much from this story.  I know the US has a high childbirth death rate compared to other western countries, but the causes are unclear and this article may not reflect any of those problems.

That being said, it is an absolutely tragic and devastating account of how the modern healthcare system can catastrophically fail.  Definitely got blurry eyed reading this.

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Re: "the last person you expect to die in childbirth"
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2017, 02:30:08 PM »
I am really proud of how well the NHS performs with regard to pre/post natal care.

The use of qualified midwives is a really important part of this process.

I think that in the UK, most medical professionals are very much aware of how dangerous pregnancy can be for women.

Our markers for pre-eclampsia are still quite basic, but PIGF* and s-FLTs** are showing promise

*https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Placental_growth_factor

**soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase


I am not really surprised that there is an issue with maternal deaths in the US, especially with comments from prominent politicians questioning why they should have to pay for pregnancy care for women.

What is surprising is that while American women have made amazing progress in equal status in the workplace, there does seem to be an issue for women regarding basic healthcare.

I don't think it is going to get better with Trump as President.

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Re: "the last person you expect to die in childbirth"
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2017, 11:15:00 AM »
Very sad and scary.

I agree with what Supper Dave about not taking the article as being gospel. But, I do wonder if pressure from insurance companies contribute to these issues. These are preventable deaths.

http://nypost.com/2004/12/28/horrific-end-for-baby-gi-infant-starves-in-apt/

This is an old story but the way our system is built it seems like it would be easy for this sort of thing to happen. Or a partner returning home from work to find a dead partner but alive baby. We discharge women before the hemorrhage risk ends and we don't do home well checks after like other 1st world countries.

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Re: "the last person you expect to die in childbirth"
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2017, 12:20:06 AM »
Absolutely horrific. That poor family.

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