Death rates in pregnant and postpartum women in the United States continue to rise, even as they continually decline in other wealthy countries. More American women are dying of pregnancy-related complications than any other developed country. In the U.S., for every 100,000 live births, 26.4 mothers will die from pregnancy related-complications. Shockingly, in Indiana this number is much worse: 43.6 deaths for every 100,000 births.
Common causes of maternal death from childbirth are preeclampsia, eclampsia, severe bleeding, infection, and complications from delivery. Most maternal deaths can be prevented if women receive quality care during pregnancy, childbirth, and in the days and weeks following delivery. An in-depth study by USA Today found that although safety measures are well developed in hospitals in the U.S., hospitals routinely fail to implement these life-saving measures.
If you believe a loved one has suffered a preventable maternal death or trauma, contact the wrongful death attorneys at Pavlack Law, LLC for a free consultation. 317-251-1100.