THURSDAY AT 10: Doctors working to address maternal mortality rates

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MADISON (WKOW) — Having a baby is one of the happiest moments of a parent’s life, but it can also be one of the most dangerous for some mothers.

In the U.S., 14 of every 100-thousand women die in childbirth, according to the World Health Organization. That rate worsened between 1990 and 2015.

Erin Backeberg, from Reedsburg, says she’s only here today because her doctors took quick action as she went into labor and faced a life-threatening condition.

“I feel really fortunate that they really worked together and made those decisions, because I don’t know if I would be here had I delivered somewhere that didn’t have those resources available,” she told 27 News.

Doctors here in Wisconsin are working to address these growing maternal mortality rates.

“It is on us, the medical system, to help respond to those problems,” said Dr. Paul Boeder, with SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital. “Rather than try and answer away to [the problems], taking them head on, identifying the root causes of them and approaching them from a system perspective is a way to address them.”

Thursday on 27 News at 10, we’re digging deeper into what doctors and state officials are doing to tackle this problem and we share Backeberg’s story of survival.

Jennifer Kliese

Jennifer Kliese

Weekend Anchor and Reporter, 27 News

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