Mortality Rate Among New Mothers Still Surprisingly High [VIDEO]

Did you know that every two minutes, a woman dies during childbirth due to complications? That rate totally shocked me! In today’s society where science seems to produce medical advancements almost daily, this number just seems far too high. And yet that is the statistic recently put out by Merck, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

According to the Preeclampsia Foundation, the United States still ranks 50th in childbirth mortality. In California, preeclampsia is the second leading cause of maternal mortality. But physicians are dedicated to improving the health outcomes for mothers, and in many states they are creating new tool kits to assist with this.

Last week, I produced a news segment for the WBSM Morning Show, and we featured Dr. Michael Rosenblatt and new mom Jessica Albert from Merck for Mothers, and they shed new light on the topic. They told us that other issues mothers might face is a pulmonary embolism or a postpartum hemorrhage.

That is why it is vital for expecting families to talk candidly with physicians about what complications could arise, how they can avoid them, and what they will do in case an unexpected incident does occur during pregnancy or even on the day of the big event.

As Jessica Albert can attest, problems like this can happen to anyone. After all, she had a perfectly healthy pregnancy, but then tragedy struck and she nearly lost her life. She lost so much blood that doctors had to give her more blood than a person even has in her body at one time.

Don’t let this happen to you. If you or someone in your family is expecting a new bundle of joy, have the talk. Watch the video above to hear our entire interview from last week’s broadcast. Then be sure to visit Merck for Mothers for additional information. Finally, have the PEP talk with your healthcare professional. It could ultimately save your life.

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

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