Pregnancy-linked death rate in Texas is highest among industrialized nations


Pregnancy-linked death rate in Texas is highest among industrialized nations

Trévon Austin

10 June 2017

A study has revealed that Texas has the highest maternal mortality rate, not only within the United States, but also among industrialized nations. According to the research directed by the University of Maryland in 2016, pregnancy-related deaths in Texas nearly doubled within two years, rising from 72 in 2010 to 142 in 2012.

Between 2000 and 2010, state records reported 17.7 to 18.6 pregnancy-related deaths per 100,000 births. In 2011, the ratio of deaths nearly doubled to 33 per 100,000. The research shows that African-American women are at higher risk, constituting 28 percent of the fatalities.

The trend in Texas is part of a larger problem concerning the continuing decline in the quality of life and health within the United States. A new study just released shows that the US surpasses most of the world in health care inequality, related to both the quality and access to health care and people’s perceptions of their own health.

According to the World Health Organization, the United States is the only developed country to experience such a rise in maternal mortality rates since 1987. The average number of pregnancy-related deaths in the rest of the developed world is 12 deaths per 100,000 births. Compared to these nations, Texas has not only surpassed the average rate, but also transcended it by nearly three times over!

A study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2016 showed that between 2000 and 2014, under the Bush and Obama administrations, the US maternal death rate rose by a staggering 27 percent.

Throughout the United States, researchers have pointed to heart problems, and other chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, to explain the…

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