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Maternal Deaths Following Childbirth Up in the U.S.

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 the experienced San Francisco medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.