On The Quick
The Dangers of Motherhood
Improving the mediocre record on maternal health in the U.S.
Each year, the nonprofit organization Save the Children compiles a “State of the World’s Mothers” report on conditions for mothers and children in different countries. In the 2015 report, issued the week before Mother’s Day, the U.S. ranked only 33rd out of 179 nations. That’s actually worse than last year, when the United States ranked 31st overall.
The United States scored particularly poorly in maternal safety. According to the report, U.S. mothers have a 1 in 1,800 lifetime chance of dying during pregnancy or childbirth, almost three times the lifetime risk faced by Canadian mothers and 11 times the risk to Polish mothers.
In all, the results are a dismal showing for the most developed nation in the world. “This is unacceptable for women, their children, their families and society,” says American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Executive Vice President and CEO Hal C. Lawrence, M.D.
Even before this year’s Save the Children report was published, four leading U.S. professional organizations — the ACOG; the American College of Nurse-Midwives; the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses; and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicines — announced a collaborative “blueprint” for improving patient safety during labor and delivery.
The blueprint focuses on improving communication among members of the healthcare team and creating environments where people are encouraged to freely express concerns. The blueprint first appeared in the April 7 issue of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing. The collaborators say their next step will be to create training protocols and other tools for better communication and teamwork.
Countries where it’s safer to give birth
17. New Zealand
24. United Kingdom
*25. Czech Republic
*30. South Korea
*Countries are tied
Source: State of the World’s Mothers Report 2015.
This article is from workingnurse.com.