If women have been experiencing childbirth since the beginning of time, why is the risk of death in the US growing rapidly? The rate of maternal mortality, which is defined by the World Health Organization as the death of a mother from pregnancy-related complications within 42 days of giving birth, has increased in the US by 27 percent from 2000 to 2014. But one state has been working hard to lower this number.
Ten years ago, a team of California doctors founded the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative ( CMQCC) in an effort to decrease maternal mortality rates in the state. Wondering why we’re talking about it now? A California mom recently spoke out about her near-death experience while delivering her son and how the CMQCC’s initatives helped save her life.
Kristen Terlizzi was pregnant with her second child when she was diagnosed with placenta accreta. In a normal pregnancy, the placenta is lightly attached to a woman’s uterine wall and is excreted during delivery. In rare cases, however, the placenta becomes deeply embedded in the uterine wall, resulting in placenta accreta. You may have heard Kim Kardashian talking about her painful experience with the condition. Although it isn’t harmful to baby’s growth and development, problems can arise during delivery, such as severe bleeding.
What causes placenta accreta? Doctors believe the condition is a…