FOX4: Report Shows Mental Health-Related Issues Are Leading Cause of Death for New Mothers

October 27, 2022

A new collaborative study released by maternal mortality review committees in multiple US states found that four in five pregnancy-related deaths between 2017 and 2019 were preventable.

Twenty-three percent of pregnancy-related deaths during this time were caused by mental health conditions, such as suicide, as well as overdose and drug poisoning related to substance use disorder, the study suggests.

FOX4 talked to Dr. Sarah Pearl, OB-GYN at Saint Luke's East Hospital, about how the findings emphasize why it's so important for medical providers to take their time and invest in each patient. 

Watch more on the report below.

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