Pregnancy

Opinion | What We See in the Shameful Trends on U.S. Maternal Health – The New York Times

Summary

Compared with its peers, the United States’ trajectory in maternal health has been shameful. Solving this worsening problem requires looking not just at the quality of care a woman receives but the entire environment around her — from her access to health care to the availability of food in her community.

The Maternal Vulnerability Index uses an array of maternal health and community data — six categories in total — giving a …….

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Compared with its peers, the United States’ trajectory in maternal health has been shameful. Solving this worsening problem requires looking not just at the quality of care a woman receives but the entire environment around her — from her access to health care to the availability of food in her community.

The Maternal Vulnerability Index uses an array of maternal health and community data — six categories in total — giving a more comprehensive picture of what’s driving risk for poor maternal health outcomes in counties across America.

The data reveals that a woman’s chance of a healthy pregnancy varies greatly depending on where she lives, based on factors such as whether she has a high school diploma, her exposure to poverty, her access to OB-GYNs and midwives, and her access to abortion clinics.

How at risk are women in your county, and why? Search for your county to find out. (Higher scores indicate more risk.)

Yakutat City and Borough, Alaska

Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska

Skagway Municipality, Alaska

Lake and Peninsula Borough, Alaska

Hoonah-Angoon Census Area, Alaska

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Overall maternal risk in New York County, N.Y.
is low.

Source: Surgo Ventures.·Notes: Maternal risk is on a scale from 0 to 100, with a higher score meaning higher risk. W.R.A. stands for “women of reproductive age.” Air pollution is determined by the concentration of particulate matter (PM2.5). Quality of outpatient care is based on the U.S. Department of Health and Services’s Prevention Quality Indicators.

One of the most striking findings is that a woman’s risk of poor maternal health varies largely by race, and those racial gaps vary greatly by region.

For example, there are big gaps in risk for Black versus white women in the Midwest and Northeast.

For American Indian and Alaska Native mothers, the gaps in risk compared with white mothers are largest in the West and Midwest, especially in states with American Indian reservations like Montana, South Dakota and New Mexico, suggesting that women of reproductive age living on American Indian reservations may die at higher rates and have riskier pregnancies.

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Source: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/11/17/opinion/maternal-pregnancy-health.html