Having a baby is usually one of the greatest joys in life. There are times, though, when childbirth can become a life-threatening experience.
In a recent broadcast by National Public Radio (NPR), many mothers who nearly died after giving birth stated that “their doctors and nurses were often slow to recognize the warning signs that their bodies weren’t healing properly.”
The news was based on a study published in MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. In part, “researchers surveyed 372 postpartum nurses nationwide and found that many of them were ill-informed about the dangers mothers face after giving birth. Needing more education themselves, they were unable to fulfill their critical role of educating moms about symptoms like painful swelling, headaches, heavy bleeding, and breathing problems that could indicate potentially life-threatening complications.”
The study further notes that this lack of knowledge could be a contributing factor to the maternal mortality rate in the U.S., the highest among affluent nations. Continue reading →