Tag Archives: Maternal

Why Presidential Candidates Addressing The Racial Gap In Maternal Healthcare Is Crucial

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) Sean Rayford/Getty Images A day before Mother’s Day, activists, physicians and lawmakers alike descended on the nation’s capital to rally against racial inequities in maternal mortality. The CDC confirmed in a Tuesday report that black women are three to four times more likely to die from childbirth than their white counterparts,… Read More »

Maternal Depression, But Not Exposure to SSRIs, Associated with Worse Executive Functioning in Children  

While we have considerable data on the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy, most of this research focuses on the risk of congenital malformations in exposed children.  We have far less information regarding the long-term effects of SSRI antidepressants on neurodevelopmental outcomes in exposed children. A recent study looks at executive functioning… Read More »

Massachusetts Maternal Mortality Rates Rising: Opioid Abuse and Psychiatric Illness Play a Role

Pregnancy-associated mortality, defined as the death of a woman during pregnancy or within one year of the termination of pregnancy, is increasing in Massachusetts.  In 2012, there were 30.4 deaths/100,000 live births. In 2014, the rate increased by 33%, to 40.4 deaths per 100,000 live births. Because pregnancy-associated mortality rates have historically been relatively low… Read More »