Maternal Morbidity : Physical And Psychological Conditions That Affect A Woman 's Health During Pregnancy

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Maternal morbidity includes physical and psychological conditions that affect a woman’s health during pregnancy. Severe complications of pregnancy affect more than 65,000 women in the United States every year (CDC, May 2016). Comparing to the past the number of sever cases is increasing. Some factors that may contribute to the growth are; increase in maternal age, pre-existing chronic medical conditions, and cesarean delivery. In the periods between 2008-2009 an estimated 129 out of 10,000 pregnant mothers went to the hospital with a chronic medical condition. In the periods of 2010-2011 there were 162 out of 10,000 pregnant mothers with chronic medical problems in the hospital. That is a 26% increase in the two periods (Obstet Gynecol, 2012). According the Center for Disease Control (CDC, Jan, 2016) the current pregnancy-related death in the United States is 18.5 deaths per every 100,000 live births recorded in 2013. That is an increase from 1987 the ratio was 7.2 deaths per 100,000. The reason for the increase of deaths in the United States is unclear, but a pregnancy with chronic complications puts them at risk than other people, but the risk of dying from a medical problem is low. The higher deaths occurred during the periods of 2009-2011 due to influenza A pdm09 (H1N1) pandemic (Callaghan, 2015) and due to infections and sepsis deaths of other causes. This puts the United States on the global rank as number 33rd out of 179 countries of death related to childbirth. The…

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