Maternal The health care challenges pregnant women

Maternal The health care challenges pregnant women
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A newly released CDC report shows maternal deaths nearly doubled over  three years. with over 1,200 deaths in 2021.  And. in rural communities, maternal mortality is almost double urban rates. A stark reminder  of the struggle to access maternal health care across much of the country.  With support from the Pulitzer Center and in collaboration with the Global Health Reporting  Center, Stephanie Sy reports from Pickens County, Alabama, for our series Rural Rx.

Maternal  STEPHANIE SY

Shaky cinder block steps lead to the doorknob-less entrance of Peatrice  Ball’s trailer in a rural area of Pickens County, Alabama.  Inside, a mermaid-and-unicorn-themed room with a bed full of balloons is close enough  to a little girl’s dream.  PEATRICE BALL, Alabama Resident: Everyone knows unicorns perfect.  STEPHANIE SY: The single mom of two is making the best of things.  Her 3-month-old baby still seems as sleepy as a newborn. Well, any time that I could get a ride.health become challenge for all women about their babies.

  DR.  CATHY LAVENDER 

All right, let me just listen.  STEPHANIE SY: But Lavender still makes the 45-minute trip out here from Tuscaloosa every  Wednesday to see patients like Peatrice Ball.  Access to care is one of the underlying factors behind Alabama’s high maternal mortality rate,  36 deaths per 100,000 live births, the third highest rate in the nation in 2020.  DR.  CATHY LAVENDER: I think it’s multifactorial.  I do think that economics plays a large role. No tr  Public transportation is scarce in these parts.  They discharged you in four days. I mean, how often were you able to see Ariana


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