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Maternal deaths after delivery are on the rise

There are many risks that accompany the birth of a child and for that reason some Hawaiian women elect to have their babies in hospitals. It seems like a safe assumption that a hospital would be a good place to be if the unimaginable happened and either a birthing mother or newly arrived child required medical intervention. However, research shows that American hospitals are becoming increasingly dangerous to mothers who come to them to give birth: maternal deaths across the nation are on the rise.

A recent study suggests that while maternal deaths are dropping in other developed nations, such as Germany and Japan, maternal deaths in the United States are increasing. This is because not all hospitals follow important safety protocols to monitor women and to ensure that their health is not being compromised as they recuperate from giving birth.

Around 700 women die in the United States each year from hospital birth negligence. Many of these deaths are linked to unregulated bleeding in mothers, while others may be linked to the failure of hospitals to provide mothers who have high blood pressure with the medication they need to survive. Simple monitoring practices help ensure that doctors and nurses are aware of the dangers their patients face, but many medical centers choose to not utilize them in their post-birth care plans.

Lawsuits based on maternal deaths are tragic consequences of mistakes made in American hospitals. They are often necessary components of helping grieving families recover their damages and to learn how to live without the women whose lives were lost when they put their care in the hands of medical facilities. Medical malpractice lawsuits may help families afflicted by these losses.

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