Report: minorities at an increased risk of childbirth complications in N.Y.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)- Black women in New York are at an increased risk of complications related to childbirth than white women. A study released from the New York State Health Foundation says black women were twice as likely to experience Severe Maternal Morbidity (SMM) or possibly life-threatening childbirth complications in 2018.

Recent data from 2019 also shows the maternal mortality rate of black women in New York is close to 3.6 times, according to America’s Health Rankings.

It’s not only black women who are experiencing SMM or potentially fatal complications. Hispanic and Asian women were 1.5 and 1.4 times more likely to experience SMM respectively, according to the New York State Health Foundation.

“In 2018, the overall rate of severe maternal morbidity among women in New York State
was approximately 271 out of every 10,000 deliveries (or 2.7%). Out of the 214,525 inpatient
hospital admissions associated with deliveries that were analyzed, 5,817 were associated
with an SMM event,” the New York State Health Foundation says.

The New York State Health Foundation breaks down the SMM rate by area. The highest rate, 342 out of 10,000 births, is in New York City. The lowest is in Finger Lakes, they have a rate of 90. The Capital Region has a rate of 238.

“New York State has historically had higher SMM rates than the national average. The most
recent years of nationwide data show that New York State ranked in the top quartile of state SMM rates. These rates, however, do not adjust for states’ patient demographics and hospital characteristics. Still, severe maternal morbidity remains a critical issue for New York, particularly for achieving health equity,” says the New York State Health Foundation.

New York State Health Foundation SMM by region

  • Capital Region- 238
  • Central N.Y.- 219
  • Finger Lakes- 90
  • Long Island- 269
  • Mid Hudson- 214
  • Mohawk Valley- 196
  • New York City- 324
  • North Country- 270
  • Southern Tier- 201
  • Western N.Y.- 244

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