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Maternal mortality rates on the rise across the nation

As a resident of New York, you may have full faith in the quality of care you receive throughout your pregnancy. You may, too, feel equally confident about the abilities of the doctors, nurses and other caregivers at the hospital where you plan to give birth, but statistics suggest that you may be unwise to do so. At La Sorsa & Beneventano, we recognize that American maternal mortality rates are on the rise from coast to coast, and we have helped many people who lost loved ones or otherwise suffered hardship due to pregnancy-related complications seek recourse.

Per Psychology Today, roughly 700 U.S. women die because of pregnancy-related complications every year, with “pregnancy-related complications” referring to those that affect you during birth, or in the year immediately following your child’s birth. While this figure is cause for alarm in a developed country such as the United States, so, too, is the fact that about 60 percent of these fatalities were preventable.

What does that mean, exactly? In some cases, it means that doctor or hospital errors contributed to patient deaths. If doctors, for example, fail to diagnose a particular health condition in a mother and it causes complications during childbirth, this could ultimately lead to a mother’s death. Similarly, if you develop an infection during the birthing process and it kills you sometime later, this, may, too, constitute an “avoidable” maternal death.

While American maternal mortality rates are troubling on their own, so, too, is the fact that there is a clear disparity between the number of white women who die due to pregnancy-related factors and the number of black women who do the same. You can find more about medical errors on our webpage.

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