A Dramatic Jump in Maternal Mortalities
It never crosses our minds that a woman may not SURVIVE childbirth. We all know and accept babies sometimes die. But the moms, no way. According to a recent article the most dramatic jump in the maternal mortality rate was in the last five year period. Women who have died in Childbirth in the United States have been memorialized in The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project.
Why is the Maternal Mortality Rate in the United States Increasing?
Maternal mortalities are occurring more often than they have in a long time because we have lost our faith in a woman’s ability to give birth without intervention. It is happening because of inductions and surgical birth. It is happening because VBAC is rarely available despite being much less risky for the mom. It is happening because most women are not taught how to care for themselves before and during pregnancy to avoid excessive weight gain, blood pressure disease and diabetes. It is happening because women do not embrace childbirth as their right and obligation but actively work to avoid the pain, the work and the pushing. It is happening because malpractice lawyers have managed to convince juries that the doctor/midwife didn’t intervene with surgery soon enough to avoid a baby with a problem.
The Midwifery Model of Care Offers Solutions
The article referenced above notes that “many of the best statistics are found in countries where midwives provide the majority of the maternity care for all but the high risk women.”
The Midwifery Model of Care contains within it many of the solutions to the tragedy of higher maternal death rates. Tell everyone you know to go to a midwife for care. Women can join together with midwifery to make great change in this country. We cannot accept the current trend.
One mother lost is too many.