According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 600 women die each year because of complications during
pregnancy and delivery, and approximately half of those deaths are preventable.
Factors such as unhealthy lifestyle choices and
medical malpractice during prenatal care or during delivery can all put a mother’s life
at risk. There are several steps that can reduce the tragedy of maternal death:
During pregnancy, women should work closely with their providers to stay
as healthy as possible. Smoking and drinking during pregnancy not only
endangers the health of the baby but also puts the mother at greater risk
for complications. Mothers should also see their doctors regularly, manage
their pregnancy weight gain, and follow all recommendations of their doctors
for bed rest and diet. Because having a healthy lifestyle before pregnancy
can reduce the risks of pregnancy complications and maternal mortality,
women should make efforts to maintain a healthy weight, manage chronic
medical conditions, and quit smoking.
Improved Prenatal Care
Poor prenatal care contributes to maternal death in a number of ways.
In some cases, women may not have access to the maternal care they need,
which means that dangerous conditions like preeclampsia (high blood pressure)
and gestational diabetes can occur unchecked. In other instances, medical
mistakes in prenatal care can lead to complications that put a mother’s
life in danger. And, medical mistakes can lead to complications that put
the unborn child’s life in danger
Changes in the Delivery Room
Errors in the delivery room can also lead to maternal death as well as
many types of birth injuries. Mistakes in monitoring, failure to act quickly
to address complications, such as bleeding, improper use of anesthesia,
and failure to respond to infections are all examples of medical malpractice
that could result in maternal fatalities.
If you have been touched by the tragedy of a maternal death and believe
that a medical error could be the cause, contact Pegalis & Erickson,
LLC to speak to a
medical malpractice attorney in Long Island, New York. Our experienced attorneys can evaluate the situation and help you decide
what next steps to take. Contact us today at (516) 858-2194 to get started.