Thursday, March 4, 2010

Pregnancy-related deaths.

I'm loving Obama's determination to get something passed on Health Care Reform.

And here's another reason--This morning I received an email from Amnesty International which talked about the appalling number of women who die in childbirth. It began with this global statistic:

"Women worldwide are dying of pregnancy-related causes at a rate of about one a minute."

It never gave the number for the U.S., but I assume it's much higher than we expect.

"Too many women are dying in the U.S. from pregnancy-related deaths that are entirely preventable. In fact, half of these deaths can be prevented. Many of these women have no access to healthcare or proper maternal care. In fact, nearly 13 million women between the ages of 15 and 44--that one in five women of reproduction age--have no insurance at all. Many begin pregnancy with untreated or unmanaged conditions that can get worse with pregnancy.

"The story only gets worse when you look at the rates of pregnancy-related deaths among minority women. African-American women are nearly four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women. In high-risk pregnancies, the disparities are even greater.

"If we're going to see to it that all pregnant women get the care they deserve, then we have to convince Senators and Representatives to get with the program. That's why from March 29-April 9th we're taking our message to the streets--and hometowns--of our elected officials.

"During these dates, clusters of human rights supporters will mobilize in local districts across the country to tell elected officials face-to-face that these women don't have to die. We've seen the powerful effect that these meetings have on Senators and Representatives. When they are forced to answer tough questions, they are forced to identify real solutions.

"We can fight this tragedy, but we have to be organized. AI has prepared step-by-step guides to support this work and other instructional opportunities to ensure that you feel prepared before you meet with your elected officials." Signed: Chris McGraw, Amnesty International


Jan said...

Thanks for this important info, Katherine.

I miss your blogging.

Mompriest said...

It is tragically true and so very sad...I wish those who are so concerned about the profit margins of health care could have more compassion and less greed. (ie lobyists)

Jan said...

Come back, Katherine. I miss you.