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US News United States. Maternal mortality rising, especially among black women

13:00  23 february  2022
13:00  23 february  2022 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Les États-Unis ont la plus forte mortalité maternelle des pays industrialisés. Photo d’illustration. © Ulises Ruiz / AFP The United States has the highest maternal mortality of industrialized countries. Photo Stock Illustration.

The United States establishes a new maternal mortality record, according to a report published on Wednesday. With 23.8 deaths per 100,000 births in 2020, it is the wrong figure among the industrialized countries. It would be partly linked to COVID-19. In black women, it reaches 55.3.

Maternal mortality , a scourge that the United States struggles to stem. The maternal mortality rate has further increased in 2020 to reach a higher since half a century, according to data published on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. According to these figures, black women have three times more risk of dying than white women .

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Maternal mortality is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a death occurred during pregnancy or within 42 days, for a cause related or aggravated by this pregnancy or support. A total of 861 women died in the United States in 2020.

The worst rate of industrialized countries

The maternal mortality rate was high at 23.8 deaths per 100,000 births, according to a National Center report For Health Statistics published on Wednesday.

This is the worst rate among the industrialized countries. For example, Canada records a 100,000 birth rate maternal mortality rate, according to OECD statistics for the same year.

and the American situation has continued to worsen in recent years: the rate was 20.1 death per 100,000 births in 2019, and 17.4 in 2018.

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for 2020, " COVID-19 has probably contributed to ", told AFP Donna Hoyert, who participated in the report. But this disease was not mentioned in 88% of cases, and is therefore only responsible for part of the general picture, she emphasized.

Black women are not treated in the same way

Maternal mortality declined in the world in the 20th century thanks to medical advances. But since the 2000s, the United States is again on the bad slope, unlike most other comparable countries.

The last time the American maternal mortality rate was also officially restended to 1968 - even if a new methodology has been used since 2018.

and the data show strong inequalities. In 2020, the maternal mortality rate was 55.3 per 100,000 births among black women, against 19.1 in white women.

"It has been repeated that black women do not receive the same level of care" in the United States, "said AFP Ebony Hilton, anesthetist at the University of Virginia, and expert disparities in the Access to health care.

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