Like Shalon, nearly 700 women die each year in the U.S. as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications. 1 More than 60% of these deaths are preventable. 2 During pregnancy, health complications are extremely serious, but health risks remain after giving birth. Post-delivery care is incredibly important as nearly half of all pregnancy-related deaths occur within 42 days of the end of pregnancy. 3 Shalon sought care but her pain and symptoms were not heard and instead were considered a normal part of the postpartum experience.
Black women die at three to four times the rate of non-Hispanic white women from pregnancy-related complications.4 Hypertensive disorders are a leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths.5 Listening to every woman is a critical and invaluable component of improving health outcomes.
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