Amnesty International Calls on President Obama to Establish Office of Maternal Health to Lead Government Effort to Reduce Appalling U.S. Death Rate for Women Having Babies | Earth Times News

“This country’s extraordinary record of medical advancement makes its haphazard approach to maternal care all the more scandalous and disgraceful,” said Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA. “Good maternal care should not be considered a luxury available only to those who can access the best hospitals and the best doctors. Women should not die in the richest country on earth from preventable complications and emergencies.”Cox said: “Mothers die not because the United States can’t provide good care, but because it lacks the political will to make sure good care is available to all women.”Amnesty International’s new 101-page, national report, Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA, reveals the following disturbing findings:+ severe pregnancy-related complications that nearly cause death — known as “near misses” — are rising at an alarming rate, increasing by 25 percent since 1998; currently nearly 34,000 women annually experience a “near miss” during delivery;+ discrimination is costing lives. Opportunities to save women’s lives and reduce complications are being missed, in large part because women face barriers to care, especially women of color, those living in poverty, Native American and immigrant women and those who speak little or no English.

via Amnesty International Calls on President Obama to Establish Office of Maternal Health to Lead Government Effort to Reduce Appalling U.S. Death Rate for Women Having Babies | Earth Times News.

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