Indirect maternal deaths in Mexico are at an all-time high in 2016 and the cause is related to not only the economic state, but the developmental state of the country -- the maternal death rate shows a direct correlation to how well its health system is performing.
Miscalculations result in an increase in statistics of indirect causes of maternal deaths
In recent studies, new and expecting mothers were found to be dying from indirect causes, such as type 2 diabetes or HIV infection, that predate their pregnancies. Unlike indirect maternal deaths, direct maternal deaths have been tracked and fought against for years.
Dr. Rafael Lozano from the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico comments on this fact: "We are winning the battle against the traditional causes of maternal death -- such as post-partum hemorrhage, but not against the indirect causes of maternal death".
It was found 1,214 maternal deaths were not classified as such, bringing the number of maternal mortalities in Mexico over an 8-year period from 7,829 deaths to 9,043 deaths.
Dr. Flavia Bustreo of the World Health Organization says that Obstetricians and Gynecologists in this country must begin taking the steps to not only take care of the women's pregnancy, but to "care for a women's health holistically". This also includes taking a look at the healthcare system as a whole.
First hand look at perils Mexican women face in healthcare highlight the need for reform in the poorest parts of Mexico
The constant overcrowding and inadequate staffing at hospitals in Mexico warrant a mother to worry if she will even have a bed when she goes into labor. Statements such as these are an every day occurrence for not only women, but all people living in underdeveloped regions of Mexico. Although the maternal death rates have begun to decrease, they still mount those of other Latin American countries.
The need for doctors' care is at an all time high however the means of transportation and forms of payment required for this healthcare make it almost impossible for the people to receive help. Often times women in certain regions are too afraid to speak up about their deprivation of the correct care. Because of this 70% more women in poorer parts of Mexico face maternal deaths from causes that are most likely preventable.
Student gives opinion on maternal death rates and her thoughts on a plausible solution
A study found that a women's risk of maternal death goes from 1 out of 4700 in developed countries down to only 1 out of 150 women in underdeveloped countries. Although lower in more developed countries, the problem is still very prevalent and very much a factor in women's health that needs continuous attention.
Although doctors are working tirelessly to improve these conditions, there are nearly 287,000 mothers that die yearly as a result of complications during or after pregnancy.
The steady increase in the maternal death rate of the U.S. may say more about our healthcare system than we realize
Similar to that of Mexico, the maternal death rate in the U.S. has begun to rise and has many people questioning the quality of healthcare in a country with seemingly advanced health care.
A recent study published in the US National Library of Medicine conducted an analysis of maternal death rates throughout the U.S. In their studies they found that the misconceptions about the amount of maternal deaths arose because of the flaws in the U.S. standard death certificate.
After its revision in 2003 they were able to better conduct their research and make predictions for years to come, hoping to find a way to decrease the rates by 75%. Instead they discovered their research led them to predict an increase in maternal death rates in the U.S., along with a decrease in rates internationally. The biggest increase coming from the state of Texas, seeing results such as a double in maternal rates in a span of only 2 years.
This growing epidemic is not only affects the country of Mexico, but many countries with similar gaps in their healthcare system.