Posted April 10, 2019 06:07:28Today, there is a new reality that many women around the world are beginning to experience.
It is a reality that is becoming more and more apparent for women who are still in the early stages of childbirth.
Women are struggling to maintain the health and well-being of their bodies and minds.
We know that we are the world’s most vulnerable population.
There is a clear and growing consensus that our health is our most precious asset.
So, it is with great sadness that I am sharing with you the facts about the growing incidence of maternal mortality.
First, it should be noted that women do not suffer more than the men in the United States and many other developed countries.
In fact, women have more life-threatening complications in childbirth than men do.
Secondly, we should also note that the average American woman is not dying in a million years.
The fact is that maternal mortality is not a new phenomenon.
And thirdly, we need to recognize that the vast majority of women are not in distress.
Even those who are in distress are still mothers.
As such, we must acknowledge that there is no cause for alarm about maternal mortality in the world today.
What is alarming is the increase in maternal deaths in some countries.
In some countries, maternal mortality rates have soared from 3.5 to 40 percent over the past few decades.
Moreover, some countries are increasing the number of women who die in childbirth to levels that would be unprecedented for our time.
I know we will be challenged with this information.
I know we are going to hear that women are dying unnecessarily, and it is a sad reflection of the current state of our health care system.
But we must also remember that the world is a very different place than it was in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.
No one can argue that this is the best of times and the worst of times.
But what we need is a renewed sense of urgency to address this issue and work together to reduce the number and rate of maternal deaths and maternal mortality globally.
Join me today in highlighting the fact that we cannot keep on killing each other.
Dr. Karen Kline is the director of the Center for Women’s Health Policy at the University of Toronto.