Radio NZ: Near-deaths while giving birth preventable – study

A University of Otago study has found that around a third of near-deaths in pregnant/just-delivered women may have been preventable.

Many of the cases could have been prevented through better care, and the study’s lead researchers is strongly suggesting that thee study, which took place at Wellington Hospital, be extended nationally.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“The study – the first of its kind in New Zealand – found that 10 of the 29 cases could have been prevented through earlier action by their midwife or obstetrician.

“The main reasons for intensive care were the need for close monitoring and a range of blood-related problems including low or very high pressure, serious blood loss and blood poisoning.”