Pregnancy is both beautiful and scary, natural and painful. Young women who are expecting to be moms for the first time experience all sorts of feelings and emotions. However, specialists observed that, in Texas, pregnancy death rates are higher, and try to figure out why.
Texas pregnancy death rates are higher compared to other states and compared to previous years. A new study found that death during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth happened between 2011 and 2012 twice as much as it had before. During this time span, almost two hundred women died because of complications with their pregnancy.
Specialists found that there are several causes which lead to maternal death, like blood pressure complications, heart diseases, and drug overdose.
ABC News reports on the data of the study:
“In Texas, the rate of maternal mortality doubled to 18.6 deaths per 100,000 live births, between 2009 and 2010, to approximately 36 deaths per 100,000 births between 2011 and 2012, according to the study. “
Another finding of the specialists is that pregnancy death rates are higher among black women, as 30% of the cases lead to unfortunate events. The researchers pointed out that mothers’ medical history, their ethnic and racial features influence the way in which the pregnancy develops.
Doctor Patrick Ramsey is an expert in pregnancy complications at the UT Health Science Center. He thinks that patients should solve as many as possible of their health problems before getting pregnant, as this would be a safe measure for both the mothers and the babies. He also commented on the possible reasons behind the terrible situation:
“There’s a lot of thoughts going into that. A lot of it is access. We know that Texas did not participate in Medicaid expansion in 2013. They defunded some women health services in 2011, so that may be part of the reason. Other reasons may be, we’re just seeing a lot more patients getting pregnant later in life. Women who are obese have other complications. Higher frequency of overdoses in certain populations, hemorrhage and blood pressure complications.”
Since 2007, no further data has been gathered on the subject, and researchers don’t find it adequate. They intend to investigate the problem, as it is a matter of general concern. They only thing they know for sure is that pregnancy death rates have been higher and higher since 2010-2011.
The study was published in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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