by adgirl (530 Posts), Fri Mar 02, 2007 04:24 pm
It seems there must just not be good statistics on maternal death for whatever cause. I had found that it was about 17/100,000 in the US. The expert quoted says 8/100,000, and Deerhart has seen 1/2400 which would be about 42/100,000. With about 4,000,000 US births a year, that's anywhere from 320-1680 maternal deaths per year in the US. I've read that anywhere from 12-25% of those deaths are PE related. So, that would be like 38-420 women per year. That is just CRAZY.
I know this is a small number compared to heart disease and cancer (over 500,000 deaths a year for those) or auto fatalities (over 40,000), but people just don't believe that having a baby can result in death in this day and age -- and really it shouldn't.
I guess the numbers don't really matter, the fact is, this stupid disease is scary and I hate it. I guess I look for little glimmers of hope that I could safely enter another pregnancy, but the truth is, there's just no way to know. I could be one of the 38 unlucky women who lose their life to this disease.
I'm kind of sorry I brought this subject up. I don't know if other people really sit around and think about what their odds of surviving a pregnancy are. I hope I didn't plant any terrible seeds of fear for anyone here. I was really just curious about the odds being better if you're getting good care, but it looks like there really aren't any statistics out there that break it down that way.
Sorry for starting such a downer thread!