I guess this article proves that we have been repeatedly lied to with the idea that birth is now safer than it ever has been before, that hospitals are the safest place to give birth,and that technological intervention are responsible for "saving lives."
Nothing could be further from the truth. The US has one of the highest rates of maternal (and infant) mortality in the world. Despite the huge sums of money hospitals charge for childbirth, and despite all their "life-saving" technology, women and babies are dying in droves.
Why is it that the question is NEVER asked... are technological interventions causing more problems than they are preventing? How many of the women who died were induced? How many were c-sectioned? How many were given pitocin and/or an epidural? How many received a drug called "cytotec" -- a ulcer drug that is being used off-label and that is known to kill women and babies through uterine rupture and amniotic fluid embolism?
Why do the media never talk about the real cause of maternal death?
I'll tell you why. Because the media are owned by the very same people who are creating the protocols of hospital birth.
Study: Women’s Deaths During, After Childbirth Skyrocketing In New York City: Mothers Are 30% More Likely To Die During Childbirth Now Than 12 Years Ago
"NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An alarming new report Monday showed a dramatic increase in the number of New York City mothers dying during and after delivering children.
As CBS 2’s Tamara Leitner reported, it is well known that the risks associated with childbirth are numerous, but the new study out by the New York Women’s Foundation shows the number of pregnancy-related deaths has jumped by 30 percent in recent years.
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“When we look across New York City, African-American women are more likely to die from maternity-related complications,” Dr. Nicole Mason said, adding women in impoverished communities are also at a higher risk.
“We’re talking about access to quality healthcare. We’re talking about access to quality food,” Dr. Mason said. “All these things converge to make this a reality.”
According to the study, pregnant women living in the city are at greater risk than those in other states. One reason is due to complications during C-sections.
“This study tells us that actually women die in childbirth in New York City — and not only in New York City, but more than in the rest of the U.S.,” said Jacques Moritz, director of gynecology at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. “So this is a real big deal.”
Women in New York City are 30 percent more likely to die during childbirth than 12 years ago. Last year, there were 79 deaths per 100,000 births among African-American women, and 10 deaths per 100,000 among white women.
“There seems to be differences in access to care in possibly other cities, so women of color, women of low economic status, believe it or not, have a higher chance of dying,” Moritz said.
So why the increase now? Experts said the reasons include more women giving birth later in life, an increase in obesity, and women less likely to seek out prenatal care.
It turns out some of these pregnancy-related deaths do not happen actually during childbirth, but rather as much as six weeks after the delivery.
The report also revealed that women living in the five boroughs live disparately different lives, which can ultimately affect the healthcare they receive."