OMAHA, Nebraska — Recent research indicates that more than four out of five pregnancy-related deaths are preventable.
According to the report, causes of death vary based on racial and ethnic variables. Mental health was the greatest cause of death for Hispanic and white individuals. For Asians, the top cause of death was hemorrhaging, but for Blacks, it was cardiovascular diseases.
Despite variations, mental health was the greatest cause of death worldwide.
“It’s upsetting because so many women suffer in silence and, for whatever reason, don’t receive the help and care they require,” said Nebraska Medicine’s Outpatient Medical Social Worker Amanda Schraut.
She explains that a variety of mental health disorders can occur throughout pregnancy and after, with postpartum being the most commonly discussed.
According to Schraut, pregnant women and those who support them must be educated. She says that mothers should also be aware of their emotions.
“I believe that what I try to urge our clinic’s mothers to do is to be mindful of how they’re feeling during their pregnancy, especially if they’ve had any previous mental health disorders, such as sadness or anxiety. And honestly, it doesn’t matter whether it was two years, five years, or ten years ago “Schraut says.
She adds that mothers should not put off seeking help if they are experiencing symptoms or are not feeling like themselves. The sooner treatment is sought, the better the prognosis.
Care following complications should likewise not be delayed. CyncHealth has developed a pilot program with federally designated health institutions to ensure that emergency care physicians receive immediate patient information.
“With this pilot, we intend to provide them with timely information if a birthing parent presents to the emergency department with hypertension, or high blood pressure – a leading cause of maternal mortality. High blood pressure, particularly after childbirth or pregnancy. So, knowing that the patient they’re caring for was seen in the emergency room for such a diagnosis will help them to intervene more promptly and ensure the patient receives the appropriate level of follow-up care “Melanie Suber, Chief Program Officer, stated.
They anticipate that maternal death rates will decrease when patients receive care more quickly.
Currently, it can take several days for a patient’s primary care physician or obstetrician to receive information from the emergency room.
“If they find out a few days later, it’s much different than saying, ‘Hey, you were in the emergency room last night, and we need to get you back in here and make sure you’re receiving the necessary care.'” Surber said.
If you or someone you know requires mental health care, Nebraska Medicine sponsors a monthly support group called “Lean In” for expecting and recent mothers. Participation is not restricted to Nebraska Medicine patients. Here you can discover more information.
Omaha Better Birth and Postpartum Support International are other offerings.