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U.S. Maternal Mortality Still Climbing

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The maternal mortality rate in the United States is the highest of all developed nations and has been steadily rising since the 1990s. By definition, maternal mortality includes women who die during pregnancy, childbirth, or 42 days after birth during the postpartum period. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has deemed this climbing maternal mortality rate a public health crisis and the Biden administration has announced a call to action to improve health outcomes.1 2

Maternal Deaths Spike 40 Percent in 2020-2021

During 2020-2021, the U.S. experienced a 40 percent increase in maternal deaths. While this has largely been blamed on SARS-CoV2 infections, it is unclear to what extent COVID vaccinations may have also contributed to this increase, given that the safety of the shots on pregnant women has not been established.3

Data from state committees that review maternal deaths have concluded that roughly 84 percent of pregnancy-related deaths may have been preventable. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are many reasons for the increased risk of pregnancy complications, ranging from the age at which women become pregnant, to health care inequities and a rise in chronic health conditions.2

U.S. Maternity Care is “Intervention Intensive”

Maternity care in the U.S. also tends to be “intervention intensive despite substantive evidence that the routine use of intervention without medical indication increases risks for mothers and babies,” says Judith Lothian, journal author for the Journal of Perinatal Education. Lothian states that the rates of high intervention reflects a system-wide, maternity care approach that is rooted in “expecting trouble.”4

U.S. maternal care has been criticized for following outdated guidelines based on inaccurate research. One example of this is routine intravenous (IV) fluids which are given to roughly 62 percent of women during labor and delivery. Despite this being the norm in an American hospital setting, a 2013 Cochrane systematic review found that IV fluids should only be administered for clinical reasons or if the woman becomes ketotic.4

The authors of the Cochrane study also noted that there is potential maternal and neonatal morbidity that may arise from unnecessary administration of IV fluids due to fluid overload in mother or baby and can increase uterine contractions. Other effects include causing hyperglycemia in the mother and baby and breast edema which affects breastfeeding.4

Additional examples of outdated routine interventions common to the U.S. maternal experience include continuous electronic fetal monitoring, epidurals, Pitocin usage, and augmenting “stalled” labors with intervention or cesarean sections. While these interventions do have a place in some births, data finds that for healthy and normal births, it is best to allow for the physiological process to unfold.4

One-Third of Births in U.S. Involve Surgical C-Sections

In addition to a high maternal mortality rate in the U.S., the number of cesarean sections (C-sections) continues to grow rapidly, but it is not resulting in healthier outcomes 1 The rise is thought to be due largely to nonessential C-sections, which increases risks of complications ad morbidity for both women and infants. Although caesarean sections are sometimes medically necessary, these increased rates stand in stark contrast to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended C-section rate of 10-15 percent of live births. In the U.S. during 2021, 32.1 percent of live births were cesarean deliveries. Mississippi has the highest cesarean rates, reaching as high as 37.8 percent.1

Black women face a much higher risk of both cesarean section and maternal death than their white counterparts. The maternal death rate of black women is 2.6 times higher than white women and the C-section rate is at 36 percent.1

According to Monique Rainford, author of the book “Pregnant While Black: Advancing Justice for Maternal Health in America,” reasons for the higher incidences of death and C-section in black women include both overt and implicit bias from healthcare providers and an increased load of cumulative chronic stress due to factors such as socioeconomic status and the stressors of racism.2

It should come as no surprise that an unhealthy society is contributing to unhealthy pregnancies and births. The U.S. has some of the highest obesity and chronic disease rates in the world. More American women than ever are entering pregnancy with health conditions that put them at increased risk of developing new conditions during pregnancy or worsening existing ones. Yet, these women are being treated with one-size-fits-all approaches to their pregnancies and births.

With 84 percent of pregnancy-related deaths thought to be preventable, the maternal health care system in the U.S. may need to review its longstanding standard of care practices.


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6 Responses

  1. There is a now famous internet photo of a banner hung over a highway and the sign read; ‘Want an abortion? Try the covid vaccine!’

    ‘experienced a 40 percent increase in maternal deaths. While this has largely been blamed on SARS-CoV2 infections, it is unclear to what extent COVID vaccinations may have also contributed to this increase, given that the safety of the shots on pregnant women has not been established.’ A quote from this article.

    They may not have established the ‘safety’, but they’ve certainly established the harm! Such a position as quoted above, that the ‘experts’ are still unsure as to exactly why, is only logical, for someone completely blind to the past several years of dedicated front line doctors, whistleblowers, government and health institute insiders, former pharmasuetical heads and researchers, and a very long line of other dedicated researchers and professionals whom have came forth with clear and damning evidence to the contrary. And they have come forward on nearly every single medium of communication possible, except for corporate controlled syndication networks where there is an ongoing raging debate about their authoritarian censorship programs. Why is the NVIC crew towing the status quo and soft walking the position forward as if this is somehow flexible and was not a crime against humanity and blatant violation of Nuremberg code? The data is in, but you can’t measure what you refuse to look at. I suppose, ignorance is bliss to some people.

    We are in the midst of a depopulation program but due to a subtle but pervasive psychological condition called cognitive dissonance, many people are still to this day unable to reconcile known facts against the propaganda fake news programmed narratives. If you want to have a better understanding of what’s happening, turn off the television and stop turning to government funded sources to consume their hypnotic misleading narratives. Unless this article was written as another in a very long line of liability shielding efforts to establish a new narrative that nobody could have known about the dangers and we just can’t quite yet come to a sound logical conclusion despite all the evidence to the contrary, that pending accountability is a non issue. In which case, great job. FYI, ‘gene therapy’ is not one of the ‘longstanding standard of care practices’. Conflating two issues together is unnecessary. Without the covid vaccine, and without absolutely incompetent NIH covid treatment policies, there would have been no spike in mortality.

    For cesarean, well, the hospital bills higher amounts when they find ways to perform more medical procedures. Understanding why they always turn to the knife is not rocket science and we have a similar problem with unnecessarily high poor outcome and unnecessary procedure rates through the entirety of our overly subsidized profit driven insurer controlled health care industry. Where doctors are hopelessly misinformed and have lost all control of their own industry. Executives whom do not honor the hippocratic oath call the shots and it does not take an Einstein level genius to see what’s right in front of you. But you may have to break free of the mind control to once again have a rational view of how such a complex system is so poorly run by ‘experts’ and central planners. We could have all just consumed dirt cheap ivermectin and drank tea. But then where would the greatest power and profit shift in history have came from? Peace sells, but who’s buying?

    1. 100%, very well said. They love to blame things that aren’t true but yet becomes a plausible answer for those who may begin to question. I was an L&D nurse in a major teaching hospital in Boston many years ago. Blaming IV fluids? Really? Give me a break. We didn’t flood 20 bags into an elderly person with multiple heart issues over a 5 minute period. If they had them running at all, there was a reason and likely needed even more than they were getting. People need to look at what doesn’t make sense to them and start questioning the logic. And, be willing to entertain the thought that they could be being lied to.

  2. I’ve changed the lens that I look at articles like this through. I ask myself “What affect will this have on us?” More and more the answer is population reduction. I’m not a conspiracy theorist but when people like Bill Gates and even Kamala Harris say the thing we need to do is decrease the world population. And, the WHO now has the power to make decisions that affect the world wide population with mandates governing our choice, it’s a scary time. Thank you for doing what you do 🙂

  3. I have long been saying that the routine medicalization of pregnancy and childbirth is among the greatest human tragedies.

  4. 8% of all US pregnancies experienced serious complications. 6% of elective C sections did. C section frequency increases (4% from 2019 to 2020) would be to slightly decrease them. I smell a rat.

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