Though many people believe that maternal death as a result of childbirth
is a thing of the past, statistics show that maternal mortality has increased
significantly over the past three decades, with an estimated 26.4 deaths
for every 100,000 live births, more than any other industrialized country.
And this doesn't just affect those women without access to good medical
care. In fact, deaths are occurring across all demographics - to all types
of women, including those who are considered lower risk with access to
proper prenatal care and attention.
A recent story featured a young and healthy Southern California woman,
who died from a pulmonary embolism childbirth. She had a family history
of clots, and had been on bed rest and then had a C-section, which increased
her likelihood of developing a clot. However, despite these risks, it
was unclear whether she was instructed to exercise or move her legs to
keep her blood flowing. Following the delivery, the blood clot travelled
from her leg to her lung, killing her instantly.
Studies reveal that women in general are not treated as well in the medical
world as men – with longer wait times, their pain is often discounted
or minimized, and their symptoms downplayed or dismissed – often
erroneously – as “psychological”. Further, many times
when women are pregnant, the health of the baby becomes the focus, rather
than the health of the mother.
Far too often, maternal deaths during and after pregnancy are linked to
preventable medical mistakes. For more information or if you or a loved
one has been injured as the result of medical negligence, please contact
San Francisco medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.