Are We Calculating Maternal Mortality Correctly?
January 7, 2020 2:34 PM Subscribe
Our narrow focus ignores mental health, substance abuse, and other issues that shouldn’t necessarily be separated from pregnancy. But when you look at the overall deaths for women in and around pregnancy, without regard to whether the cause is traditionally considered “pregnancy-related,” the number of dead women goes up a lot. And the list of causes of death becomes a very different one: motor vehicle collisions, homicide, suicide, substance abuse. There’s more to the maternal mortality crisis in this country then just physical health and our racist healthcare system.
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