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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Texas' maternal mortality rates are 35.8 per 100,000 live births as of 2014, according to a study in Obstetrics and Gynecology. By comparison, the maternal mortality in Japan was 5 per 100,000 live births, according to UNICEF's 2015 data. In Poland, it was just 3. ... [Democratic state Rep. Shawn] Thierry is particularly concerned with the demographics of the state's maternal mortality rate. While black mothers make up just 11 percent of Texas' live births, they account for nearly 29 percent of the maternal deaths, the report found in 2016. ... "We've got to look at the group that's being most affected and solve it for that group," Thierry said. "Then I feel like everyone will benefit."

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While Texas has the worst maternal mortality rate in the nation, America as a whole struggles, too. In every other wealthy country around the world, rates have been decreasing, but in the U.S. they increased from 2000 to 2014.

In reaction, certain regions have adopted practices to reduce maternal mortality. California is leading the way with the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, a decade-old model that gives doctors and nurses specific tools for specific obstetric emergencies -- hemorrhage carts for storing supplies in the event of bleeding, protocols for pre-eclampsia and other serious conditions during pregnancy, for example.

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Yeeehaw! Texas is #1!!!

#1 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-08-12 11:32 AM | Reply | Funny: 2


Somewhat related..

C-sections May Be Changing the Course of Evolution
nymag.com

...Rates of caesarean section are increasing in countries like the U.S. and the U.K. and a new study suggests that more and more women need the surgery because of their narrow pelvis size -- a trait that evolution would, in theory, have weeded out.

For the paper, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers used data from the World Health Organization and other large birth studies and determined that cases where the baby is too big for the birth canal -- a.k.a. obstructed birth -- have increased from about 30 per 1,000 in the 1960 to 36 per 1,000 today.

It could be the result of narrow pelvises, large babies, or both. But in the past, these babies (and some of their moms) might have died during labor and the woman's genes would not have been passed on. ...


 

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-08-12 12:16 PM | Reply

Gee, you mean Rick Perry rejecting the Medicaid expansion is costing women their lives? Who could ever have predicted it? And absolutely yes, unnecessary deaths are the worst kind.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2017-08-12 12:25 PM | Reply

"While black mothers make up just 11 percent of Texas' live births, they account for nearly 29 percent of the maternal deaths"

Blacks are just fragile. They die in choke holds more often too.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-08-12 01:41 PM | Reply

So Texas has a maternal mortality 10 times that of Poland. Could it be because Poland doesn't think of healthcare as a privilege only the rich are entitled to?

#5 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2017-08-12 05:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

But how is this possible in a country that has "the best healthcare system in the world" where "rich people come from all over the world to get treatment"?

/snark

#6 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-08-12 10:47 PM | Reply

Take at look at the demographics. They explain a lot.

#7 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-08-13 12:13 AM | Reply

"Take at look at the demographics. They explain a lot."

What do the demographics explain?

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-08-13 01:10 AM | Reply

#8 | Posted by snoofy, Why not look and tell me. Like crime stats or infant mortality. Life is hard, being stupid makes it harder. Who are white people doing? Alright, for the most part. How are black people doing? Not so good. How are the newly arrived brown people doing? OMG! How about the established brown people, Not as bad as the new folks. That is not racism. That is a fact. I honestly believe that investing in prenatal care is a good investment. It is a lot cheaper than supporting the mentally and physically crippled for life. I think that if an infant is born with fetal alcohol syndrome, the mother should be sterilized and put in prison. Kids can thrive in humble circumstances, but they are defenseless while they are in the womb. As I remember it costs about 50 cents a day for contraception, oral, physical or a patch. There is no excuse.

#9 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-08-13 01:39 AM | Reply

There is no excuse, funding planned parenthood saves lives . They are much much more than abortion mills . Much much more. I got my vasectomy at planned parenthood.

#9 I had much more respect for you earlier tonight but you seem to be alot more judgemental of folks who are different as the night goes by.

I'm drinking gin and coke, you?

#10 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-08-13 03:18 AM | Reply

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#2 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

Evolutionary time scales are far too long to achieve that end in 40 or so years.

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2017-08-13 06:17 AM | Reply

Evolutionary time scales are far too long to achieve that end in 40 or so years.

#11 | POSTED BY JPW

that's 2 generations. it's plenty of time for bloodline to go from genius to idiot. Just ask the Vanderbilts.

#12 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-08-13 07:24 AM | Reply

"#8 | Posted by snoofy, Why not look and tell me. Like crime stats or infant mortality. Life is hard, being stupid makes it harder. Who are white people doing? Alright, for the most part. How are black people doing? Not so good. How are the newly arrived brown people doing? OMG! How about the established brown people, Not as bad as the new folks. That is not racism. That is a fact."

So what's your point?
You said the demographics explain a lot.
But you haven't explained anything.

Here's some more facts.
Maybe you'd like to tell me if any of these are racism?

When Whites Just Don't Get It
Nicholas Kristof AUG. 30, 2014

www.nytimes.com

A 2011 study by scholars at Harvard and Tufts found that whites, on average, believed that anti-white racism was a bigger problem than anti-black racism.

Yes, you read that right!

So let me push back at what I see as smug white delusion. Here are a few reasons race relations deserve more attention, not less:

• The net worth of the average black household in the United States is $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, according to 2011 census data. The gap has worsened in the last decade, and the United States now has a greater wealth gap by race than South Africa did during apartheid. (Whites in America on average own almost 18 times as much as blacks; in South Africa in 1970, the ratio was about 15 times.)

• The black-white income gap is roughly 40 percent greater today than it was in 1967.

• A black boy born today in the United States has a life expectancy five years shorter than that of a white boy.

• Black students are significantly less likely to attend schools offering advanced math and science courses than white students. They are three times as likely to be suspended and expelled, setting them up for educational failure.

• Because of the catastrophic experiment in mass incarceration, black men in their 20s without a high school diploma are more likely to be incarcerated today than employed, according to a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Nearly 70 percent of middle-aged black men who never graduated from high school have been imprisoned.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-08-13 08:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3


@#11 Evolutionary time scales are far too long to achieve that end in 40 or so years. ...

All it takes is a generation or two for the type of numbers being seen. Yeah, evolution, where the whole species is transferred, is a longer time scale.

The first person saved via c-section because of a too-small birth canal starts the trend. Instead of dying off, that person has two babies. If those babies also have too-small birth canals, then that's an increase.

That's the type of increase being seen.

Is is not that evolution is prompting the change. On the contrary, it is the c-sections that are thwarting the evolutionary process of weeding out the mothers that would normally die during birth. Allowing them and their children to have more children.

#14 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-08-13 01:15 PM | Reply

"The first person saved via c-section because of a too-small birth canal starts the trend."

So, Julius Caesar then?

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-08-13 03:03 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Now, Mississippi gets to say "Thank heaven for Texas.".

#16 | Posted by morris at 2017-08-13 03:21 PM | Reply

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