Maternal Morbidity and Mortality


Maternal Morbidity and Mortality

Make-up for missed clinical day: 11 hours


The U.S. has unacceptable rates of maternal morbidity and mortality, especially when compared to other developed nations. Women in America continue to experience sickness and death throughout the perinatal period – during pregnancy, birth, and in the postpartum period.


This activity provides resources and educational stories from National Public Radio (NPR), USA Today, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), the March of Dimes, and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Please work through the activities and respond to the prompts after each section directly on this document. Please submit your completed assignment to Brightspace “Alternative Clinical Assignments” dropbox by one week after you have received the assignment.



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  1. NPR maternal mortality series (2017):


o   Watch To Keep Women from Dying in Childbirth, Look to California (14:07)

o   Watch Focus on Infants During Childbirth Leaves U.S. Moms in Danger (12:11)

o   Watch Black mothers keep dying after giving birth: Shalon Irving’s story explains why (12:11)

o   Watch For every woman who dies in childbirth in the U.S., 70 more come close (10:42)

o   Read Redesigning Maternal Care: OB-GYNs Are Urged to See New Mothers Sooner and More Often (4/23/2018)

o   Read Nearly Dying in Childbirth: Why Preventable Complications Are Growing in the U.S. (12/22/2017)

o   Watch Many Nurses Lack Knowledge of Health Risks to Mothers After Childbirth (6:54)

o   Read If You Hemorrhage, Don’t Clean Up: Advice From Mothers Who Almost Died (8/3/2017)

o   Read U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world (5/12/2017)


Prompt #1: Choose two of the video stories and two of the article stories that captured your attention the most. Provide a brief summary for each of the four pieces. Include your reaction, and if anything surprised you. Each commentary should be a separate paragraph, 4-5 sentences for each.

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