Katherine Schwarzenegger & Dr. Priya Agrawal discuss maternal mortality

More than 60-thousand women per year -- that's approximately one every ten minutes, nearly die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth here in the United States.

The number of women dying as a result of maternal mortality is on the rise, while globally it’s declining.

Women's health advocate Katherine Schwarzenegger and Dr. Priya Agrawal -- the Executive Director Of Merck For Mothers, were here to talk about this and to help raise awareness.

  • Merck for Mothers is Merck’s 10-year, $500 million initiative that applies Merck's scientific and business expertise – as well as its financial resources and experience in taking on tough global healthcare challenges – to reduce preventable maternal mortality worldwide
  • Maternal mortality is on the rise in the United States and Katherine Schwarzenegger and Dr. Priya Agrawal are discussing why and how women can be their own health advocates.
  • On Friday, August 5th at 9 AM PST both Dr. Priya Agrawal and Katherine will be speaking on a panel at BlogHer to discuss the rise of maternal mortality in the United States and solutions to help tackle the problem in the digital age. The name of the panel is “How to #EndMaternalMortality in the 21st Century”.
  • BlogHer is an annual conference bringing together online influencers to discuss important topics that relate to their communities.
  • Please note: this event is currently CLOSED to the public, but for more information on next year’s conference viewers can visit www.blogher.com.
  • To learn more visit MerckForMothers.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram/ MerckforMothers and join the conversation using #EndMaternalMortality

Key facts about maternal mortality:

  • Maternal mortality is the death of a woman from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. The direct leading causes of maternal death in the U.S. include blood clot (embolism), severe bleeding (obstetric hemorrhage), and pregnancy-induced high blood pressure (preeclampsia)
  • Maternal mortality is on the rise in the US even though it is declining globally
  • Although maternal deaths globally have dropped by 44% since 1990, the number of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth in the U.S. has increased during the same time period.
  • One explanation is better reporting of deaths. Other factors that may contribute are increasing rates of chronic health conditions, which can lead to pregnancy complications, and poor quality clinical care.
  • The rise in chronic conditions (diabetes, hypertension, obesity) is contributing to pregnancy and childbirth complications. 
  • In fact, the U.S. is one of very few wealthy countries where the problem is getting worse, ranking 46th worldwide
  • In addition to the tragic deaths that occur during pregnancy and childbirth, more than 60,000 women per year — approximately one every ten minutes — nearly die from complications of pregnancy or childbirth.

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