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Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety: Maternal Morbidity on the Rise and Likely to Climb Even Higher
Date:10/23/2013

CHICAGO, Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) today joined prominent health experts in expressing concern about the rising of maternal morbidity in the United States.

According to the CDC, the maternal death rate in the U.S. has more than doubled since 1987.

In an article published October 21, 2013 in Becker's Clinical Quality & Infection Control, William M. Callaghan, M.D., M.P.H. (senior scientist for the maternal and infant health branch in CDC's Division of Reproductive Health at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) says this trend may actually be under-reported:

"These statistics may represent a conservative estimate of the problem.  Why?  Not all pregnancy-related deaths are accurately identified and reported. Hence, pregnancy-related deaths identified at the national level likely undercount the true number."

According to a CDC study the leading causes of maternal death are: hemorrhage, hypertensive disorder, pulmonary embolism, amniotic fluid embolism, infection, and pre-existing chronic conditions (such as cardiovascular disease).

Steven Clark, MD, medical director of women and newborn services at the Hospital Corporation of America, says more must be done to prevent these increasing complications. "Because the causes of morbidity are so many and so varied, it's critical that we identify the ones that are amenable to nationwide systemic prevention efforts," he says. "Venous thromboembolism is ex
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