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Moms need attention too: Rising U.S. maternal mortality rates

Although you may know some mothers in New York who opted for a home birth, most still head to the hospital, birthing center or other similar facility on the big day. Once there, you have every right to expect that the doctor and nurses will focus on your baby’s needs. However, your life is in their hands, too. At Bendall & Mednick, we have provided counsel to many families after negligence resulted in a serious or fatal health issue for a mother during or after childbirth.

Recent statistics indicate that maternal death rates are increasing in the United States, according to NPR, even as infant fatalities have reached an all-time low. Approximately 65,000 American mothers encounter life-threatening issues caused by pregnancy or childbirth, and between 700 and 900 die from them each year. You may expect your health care provider to let you know what symptoms and risk factors you should watch for after the birth, but many hospitals and birthing centers only send home information about newborns.

If you are not aware of conditions that may affect you after childbirth, you may not recognize the signs of a blood clot, hemorrhage or infection, all of which are common. Unfortunately, research indicates that many OB-GYN providers are not adequately trained to care for mothers, completing instruction that almost exclusively focuses on infant health. So, your doctor and nurses may also fail to notice that you are suffering from a potentially fatal problem. More information about health care provider errors is available on our web page.

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