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Data exposes serious risks for pregnant women

Women in Louisiana who are pregnant and deciding where they will give birth should take this decision extremely seriously. As reported by USA Today, the rate of death among new mothers is on the rise in the United States with an estimated 700 women dying each year. Another 50,000 women experience serious injuries during or after childbirth

A further look into the matter reveals that hospital have all but been pawning off any responsibility in the matter. They allege that demographic factors outside their control are the reason for these problems. Women who have pre-existing conditions or who are poor are the ones being injured or dying, the hospitals have said. A new report shows this is not the full story for every hospital.

At 120 hospitals nationwide, including one in New Orleans, the rate of maternal deaths or injuries can be double that of other hospitals. At Touro Infirmary specifically, 2.8 percent of women delivering babies there were likely to face serious complications based on data from births between 2014 and 2017. Rates at the two other area hospitals that accept risky births were 1.5 and 1.9 percent.

The report also showed that these results were consistent regardless of the mother's race, color or access to health insurance. Instead, it showed that lack of adherence to safety measures, delayed care and incorrect diagnoses were involved in many of the cases that took place. At a minimum, this information highlights the importance for pregnant women to have someone to advocate for them before, during and after the birthing process. 

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