Many pregnancy-related deaths could be prevented

On Behalf of | May 24, 2019 | Medical Malpractice |

Bringing a baby into the world is one of the most beautiful things that a person can do. Starting a family should be a happy time in your life—but there is a risk of things going horribly wrong.

If you are expecting right now, you should be aware of the potential issues that may arise and how you can avoid them.

Problems may come up before and after birth

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examined the rates and causes of pregnancy fatalities. Approximately 700 women in the U.S. die every year from these issues.

Researchers found that during and even months after their children were born, women were dying of hemorrhages, heart disease and infections. Certain groups—such as older women and racial minorities—had even higher mortality rates.

The worst part about the CDC’s findings is that about 60% of pregnancy- and childbirth-related deaths in the United States could have been avoided. How should you keep yourself safe from a pregnancy-related problem?

Knowledge is key to saving expectant mothers

Many of the issues that cause expectant and new mothers to die are due to a lack of knowledge or action by healthcare professionals. Experts believe that these deaths could be prevented if:

  • More providers accepted Medicaid so that all mothers would have access to prenatal care
  • Doctors were better educated on heart diseases and other issues that arise after birth
  • Emergency room staff knew how to care for expectant mothers who experience complications

While these changes would be ideal, there isn’t much you can do about them. The CDC advises expecting or new mothers to seek medical attention if they experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling of the face, hands or feet
  • Fever
  • Pain in the head, back or abdomen
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision

If you and your family know the warning signs and symptoms, you may be able to catch any problems before they become serious. You should also see your doctor regularly during and after your pregnancy—especially if you already have a chronic health condition. Being aware of existing issues makes it easier to handle them if they get worse.

It shouldn’t be your responsibility to know whether something might be wrong with your pregnancy. If your doctor fails to recognize an issue before or after your baby is born, you may be able to hold them liable for damages. A medical malpractice attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.