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Pregnancy and Labor Deaths Are on the Rise in America

PregnancyThe United States has long lagged in its protection of mothers and their infants, but researchers are now saying that pregnancy- and labor-related deaths are on the rise. With the highest rate of maternal and infant mortality out of 60 other developed countries, it is a trend that Americans cannot afford. It is also one that highlights the importance of knowing your rights, particularly when it comes to medical errors that occur during pregnancy, labor, or delivery.

Labor and Delivery Mortality Rates in America

There are developing nations that lack sufficient health care facilities. Places in the world where one must travel miles to find a doctor or nurse. In these areas, the rate of infant and maternal mortalities are declining. Here, in America, quite the opposite is true.

The rate of fatality among mothers is on the rise – going from 18.8 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2000 to 23.8 percent in 2014 for mothers – and holding steady for infants, with a rate of about six deaths per 1,000 live births. Both statistics place America more on par with Serbia and Malaysia than similarly developed countries, such as Australia and Japan.

Understanding the Causes

Most Americans have a vehicle, a cellular phone, and at least one bank card or credit card - so why are women here about three times more likely to die during childbirth than a mother from Canada? Some of it could be attributed to the lack of affordable healthcare, which is concerning enough, but much of the problem is thought to be related to the rate of medical errors. In fact, one study found that as many as 60 percent of the maternal deaths in America are completely preventable, and many of those deaths took place while the mother was in the care of a health care providers - mothers like the neonatal nurse who died just 24 hours after giving birth.

She had given birth in the hospital, and everything went well, but her blood pressure allegedly was not monitored regularly after her delivery. Then she experienced serious pain that was attributed to reflux. Hours later, she took her last breath. Had her blood pressure been properly monitored, doctors might have caught the flag indicating trouble – but they did not. Now her husband is now suing for loss and damages, including his daughter’s loss of a mother, but only time will tell if he is successful in his pursuit.

Contact Our San Jose Hospital Malpractice Lawyers

If you or someone you love has experienced the death of an infant or mother, contact Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, LLP for assistance. Knowledgeable and experienced, we will fight to ensure you get the most compensation possible. Call (408) 289-1417 and schedule a free consultation with our San Jose hospital malpractice lawyers to get started.

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