Healthy Families Start with Healthy Moms
SUPPORTING WOMEN IN OUR COMMUNITY
Our team is committed to supporting the women and mothers in our community throughout their health journeys, through efforts to: increase access to health tools, improve quality of care through data-driven methods, and promote availability of community resources regardless of socio-economic factors.
Our community deserves our support and action, including its women and mothers.
INvaryant’s home state of Georgia has some of the worst maternal health statistics in the nation. A significant responsibility to address issues in maternal and women’s health lies with all of us. We need to pay attention to the data. We need to listen to moms. We need to equip women and their care teams.
SUPPORTING WOMEN IN OUR COMMUNITY
Women who want to start or grow their families face greater risks during childbirth than their mothers did. Over the last two decades, the number of American women who die each year from a pregnancy- or childbirth-related cause has skyrocketed by more than 50 percent. The risks for black women are more than three-to-four times higher than for white women, regardless of income or education.
Women in the U.S. are more likely to die from childbirth or pregnancy-related causes than in the rest of the developed world.
While over 700 women die in the U.S. from pregnancy-or birth-related causes each year, this only represents 1.3 percent of all deaths among women of reproductive ages (15 to 45). In fact, the death rate for women ages 25-34 climbed 20% between 2010 and 2016. This wider picture shows that the well-being of all women of reproductive age is on the decline and, it’s not just because of their pregnancies.
Over the past decade, maternal deaths associated with life-threatening conditions specific to pregnancy and giving birth, like postpartum hemorrhage, pre-eclampsia, and infection, have been declining. At the same time, life-threatening conditions caused by chronic diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, and mental health, have been on the rise. Factor in inadequately treated physical or mental illnesses and the lack of employer and social support and tens of thousands more women are at risk.
WHO’S AT RISK?
Chronic illnesses put women at higher risk for pregnancy or birth related death or injury. Among causes of pregnancy-related deaths, the following groups contributed more than 10%: cardiovascular conditions ranked first, followed by other medical conditions often reflecting pre-existing illnesses, infection, hemorrhage, and cardiomyopathy.
The public image of maternal death is a woman who has a medical emergency like a hemorrhage while in labor. But very few deaths counted in maternal mortality statistics occur during childbirth. Four out of five of these deaths happen in the weeks and months before or after birth.
INVARYANT FOR MOMS
A significant responsibility to address the well-being of mothers lies with all of us. Medical institutions can do more to educate staff and patients, issue health guidelines, and run simulations to better prepare to respond to emergencies. Policymakers can keep track of maternal mortality and associated failures, push for better data collection and reporting, and secure resources and funding.
In some cases, women can actively reduce the likelihood of injury by eating well, getting exercise, and managing and monitoring underlying conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes. Since many complications like cardiac disease and depression occur in the year following birth, following up with a doctor throughout the postpartum period is vital.
INvaryant can offer moms and care teams a complete health record to bridge the gaps in communication, improve the provider’s understanding of the mom’s health history and risk factors, and equipping moms with the resources to advocate for the best care possible.