Amount women in the United States die during pregnancy or shortly after childbirth spiked during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study, an increase that health officials attribute in part to Covid and pandemic-related disruptions.
A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that the number of maternal deaths increased by 14%, from 754 in 2019 to 861 in 2020.
The United States has many higher maternal mortality rate compared with other developed countries and rising mortality rates push the country’s maternal mortality rate to 23.8 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2020 from 20.1 deaths in 2019. Maternal mortality rates in developed countries in recent years have ranged from less than two deaths per 100,000 live births in Norway and New Zealand to less than nine deaths per 100,000 live births. live in France and Canada.
Black women in America experience the most deaths: One-third of pregnant women and new mothers who die in 2020 are Black, even though Black Americans make up just over 13% of the population. Their mortality rate is nearly three times that of white women.
Mortality rates among Hispanic women, previously lower than white women, also increased significantly in 2020 and are now almost equal to rates among white women. Mortality rates increase in all pregnant women over the age of 24, but especially in those aged 40 and older, there is a mortality rate nearly eight times that of women under 25.
Although the new report contains few details – no maternal mortality figures were provided for American Indian/Alaska Native women, who had higher rates of pregnancy-related mortality than women. Caucasian, Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander women – experts say some of the deaths are most likely linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Pregnancy puts women at greater risk for severe illness if they become infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid, and a vaccine is not available to them in 2020.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/23/health/maternal-deaths-rose-during-the-first-year-of-the-pandemic.html Maternal deaths in the US rose in the first year of the pandemic.