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Maternal Mortality: A Call to Action

By Jamie Shuster

(The following post was originally sent as an email to DHEC Public Health staff on 1/10/14.)

You may have read in the news recently about a new effort we’re launching to find ways to make pregnancy, and the months that come after it, safer for South Carolina women.

Maternal mortality is not only a tragedy for families and communities, it’s also often avoidable. According to the CDC, nearly 50% of maternal deaths are preventable.

Unfortunately, between 2009 and 2012, 41 women died during childbirth or within six weeks of delivery in our state.

To help find solutions to this public health problem and prevent future tragedies, later this month, Director Templeton will be hosting our state’s first-ever S.C. Pregnancy-Associated Maternal Mortality Review Board. Continue reading