Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Reading that will make you see red - if you are a woman, that is

Amnesty International recently released a report claiming that two to three women die every day in the US due to pregnancy and birth-related issues. It also claimed that pregnancy-related complications leading to near death - "near misses" has risen by 25% since 1998.
Not surprisingly, minorities such as Native and African American, and women in low-income groups are most affected.

The reasons are many, but none of them acceptable to a first world country as the US: health-care being one of the main culprits since it is leaving many women without of with inefficient pre-natal care but other reasons, such as Doctor-lead deliveries which are resulting in a larger number of inductions and c-sections than necessary are also significantly increasing risks of failure and putting far too many women at risk before and during birth.

So, add to this, insufficient maternity leave and expensive childcare, where does this leave US on the map for good places to be a mother? Number 28, according to a report made by Save the Children. It is interesting to note that 4 of the top 5 countries are Scandinavian (Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Denmark).
It is something to think about.

1 comment:

  1. My husband was telling me about this. Unbelievable. I was telling him it was probably because we don't believe in using natural methods during child birth.