High Rate for Deaths of Pregnant Women in New York State
New York Times: According to a new report, maternal mortality is higher in New York than in almost any other state. Women of color are the most affected, with black women seven times more likely to die in pregnancy than white women, and Hispanic and Asian women twice as likely. Factors like poverty and obesity, which impact communities of color more heavily, as well as lack of insurance, are a few of the social factors researchers discovered.
"More mothers die during pregnancy or soon after in New York than in almost every other state, and according to reports released on Friday by the New York Academy of Medicine and the city’s health department, social factors like poverty, obesity and lack of insurance may be responsible.
While the total number of maternal deaths are small — an average of about 40 a year across the state — city health officials said their analysis showed that maternal mortality was being driven by environmental factors like poor nutrition that could be changed through public policy. New York City’s analysis, billed as one of the most sophisticated looks at maternal mortality in the country, studied 161 women who died of pregnancy-related causes in the city from 2001 to 2005. It found that 49 percent of the women who died were obese. Black women, who were more likely to be obese, were seven times as likely to die in pregnancy as white women. Hispanic and Asian women were twice as likely to die as white women."