The number of women who die Giving Birth in America each year has nearly doubled in the last two decades.
The United States has higher rates of maternal deaths than 45 other countries and is the only developed country with a consistently rising maternal mortality rate.
California has more undocumented immigrants than any other state, many of whom are unable to access basic primary care, preventive care, and the reproductive health services that they need to stay healthy.
The lack of consistent access to care means that immigrants are more likely to enter pregnancy with untreated chronic health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which put women and their babies at increased risk of pregnancy complications.
This is exacerbated by mistrust of the healthcare system and fear of deportation. Extended access to care and a culturally appropriate team based approach can change the course of a pregnancy.
DR. CRISTINA GAMBOA, OBGYN,
provides a post-natal visit for a mother in a clinic on the central coast of California.
Nearly half of all counties in the United States do not have a single obstetrician providing maternity care.
There are 11 million uninsured women ages 19-64 in the U.S.
High blood pressure, diabetes and obesity create added risks during pregnancy, especially for uninsured women.
The United States national cesarean-section rate is nearly 32%.
Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities
Chronic stress and systemic and interpersonal racism contribute to a higher risk of complications and death for women of color.
Lack of Comprehensive, Coordinated Care
A lack of access to needed support services and a fragmented system contributes to poor outcomes and disparities.
Too often, women report being ignored, belittled, or pressured by their care providers.
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