Number of maternal deaths spike in Texas

Deaths related to pregnancy

SAN ANTONIO -- The number of Texas mothers dying related to their pregnancy has spiked. Now doctors across the state want to determine why.

New studies reveal across the state the number of mothers who died related to their pregnancy spiked from less than 300 between 2007 and 2011 to more than 500 mothers from 2011 to 2015.

"Women aren't as healthy as they were," said Jennifer Herriott, the Assistant Director for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.

Dr. Brook Thomson said a new program at the Children's Hospital San Antonio is in the works to help at-risk mothers around the clock.

At the same time, health officials are looking at access to health care and budget cuts back in 2011.

"We saw a decrease of 82 clinics throughout Texas and 13 right here in San Antonio," Herriott said.

"Some people have transportation issues. Some just cannot find a doctor," Dr. Thomson said.   

Along with looking at obesity, heart health and diabetes, a state task force released a study highlighting mental health and substance abuse as a significant problem.

Leaders at Rise Recovery said some mothers are afraid to get help because their children could be taken away. 

The recovery center releasing this statement said in part, "The truth is, getting help for the disease of addiction is the best thing a mother can do to be a healthy and present for her children."

Metro Health is also getting ready to form a task force to they have some answers to save mothers.  

 

(© 2016 KENS)


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