Maternal mortality in the US increased by 33% during the pandemic; Hispanics among the main victims

Prior to this new study, pregnant Hispanics were also estimated to be 2.4 times more likely to contract COVID-19.

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Maternal mortality levels in the United States have increased 33% since the start of the pandemic, with Hispanic and women of color dying at higher rates than white women, according to a new study.

The study, published by JAMA Network, reveals how the pandemic continues to disproportionately affect the health care of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States.

“This problem is not new and the pandemic simply reiterates the problems we are already facing in this country,” said Dr. Jacques Moritz, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and medical director of Tia, a multi-clinic health care model. and services for women.

The study, released by ABC News, establishes that researchers analyzed data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) to see how COVID-19 affected maternal deaths during or within 42 days of pregnancy.

The report found that overall maternal mortality has increased by 33% since the start of the pandemic. These changes may be due to conditions directly related to COVID-19, such as respiratory infections, or indirect factors experienced by an overburdened health care system.

Hispanic women had nine more deaths per 100,000 births, an increase of 74% compared to the years before the pandemic. Black women had 16.8 more deaths per 100,000 births, an increase of 40% compared to the previous figures.

White women, however, had only 2.9 more deaths per 100,000 births, a 17% change.

The findings of this study reinforce previous research showing how inequalities in health care have been felt by racial and ethnic minorities since the start of the pandemic.

This study could even complement the research published by the Institute for the Advancement of Health Equity (IAHE) of Sutter Health, based in Northern California, which revealed that pregnant Hispanics are 2.4 times more likely to contract COVID-19. 19 during pregnancy compared to white people.

At that time, the research also revealed that infection is highest during the third trimester, underscoring the importance of promoting COVID vaccinations early in pregnancy and before conception to protect both parents and baby. .

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