Hard to read but important story in the media

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Hard to read but important story in the media

Postby eleni » Mon Feb 02, 641148 12:23 am

NPR and ProPublica jointly produced a series of stories on maternal mortality. Here are the first two that were published and aired today, May 12, in advance of Mother's Day in the US this weekend.

https://www.propublica.org/article/die- ... are-system

"Preeclampsia, or pregnancy-related hypertension, is a little-understood condition that affects 3 percent to 5 percent of expectant or new mothers in the U.S., up to 200,000 women a year. It can strike anyone out of the blue, though the risk is higher for African Americans, women with pre-existing conditions such as obesity, diabetes or kidney disease, and mothers over the age of 40. It is most common during the second half of pregnancy, but can develop in the days or weeks after childbirth, and can become very dangerous very quickly. Because a traditional treatment for preeclampsia is to deliver as soon as possible, the babies are often premature and end up in NICUs like the one where Lauren worked."

Focus on Infants during Childbirth Leaves U.S. Moms in Danger
Eleni Z. Tsigas
Executive Director
Preeclampsia Foundation

2x PE survivor; 29 week daughter died, 35 week IUGR son made it after 2 weeks of NICU fun; 3rd pregnancy PE-free resulted in strapping 8 pounder son, born at term.

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