Hey, Baby!

Trigger Warning for talk of death.

Babies are good.

Dead mommies:  not so good.

The rate of Texas women who died from complications related to pregnancy doubled from 2010 to 2014, a new study has found, for an estimated maternal mortality rate that is unmatched in any other state and the rest of the developed world.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/20/texas-maternal-mortality-rate-health-clinics-funding

Student wants to know if  a newspaper is a good source for a term paper.

  • Generally not.  Most professors prefer peer-reviewed, scholarly articles.

But what if Student only uses the part where they quote the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology?

  • Go look up the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, then.

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From 2000 to the end of 2010, Texas’s estimated maternal mortality rate hovered between 17.7 and 18.6 per 100,000 births. But after 2010, that rate had leaped to 33 deaths per 100,000, and in 2014 it was 35.8. Between 2010 and 2014, more than 600 women died for reasons related to their pregnancies.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/20/texas-maternal-mortality-rate-health-clinics-funding

What caused  the die-off of mothers to be?  Baby-planning & prenatal care is just too expensive for the legislature. Money = Motivation.

The researchers, hailing from the University of Maryland, Boston University’s school of public health and Stanford University’s medical school, called for further study. But they noted that starting in 2011, Texas drastically reduced the number of women’s health clinics within its borders.

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