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Momobile helps pregnant women seek assistance

New York residents may be interested to learn of a new program that seeks to reduce the number of women in the United States who die during childbirth. Currently, the U.S. ranks last in mother mortality rates amongst developed countries and 47th out of 180 countries researched. A new report by the United Nations and World Health Organization shows that two or three women in the United States die every day due to pregnancy-related issues, adding up to about 50,000 annually. These numbers may sound bleak, but Merck for Mothers has started a $500 million initiative to fix them.

Many women in the United States arrive at the hospital to give birth after receiving no prenatal care. In the city ranked as the poorest in America, only half of women receive care during their first trimesters. It is more difficult for a doctor to detect and treat problems that could arise if the woman does not seek care early in her pregnancy. This could lead to birth injuries.

To help mothers receive prenatal care and reduce childbirth-related deaths, the "Momobile" program was born. The Momobile brings health care workers to women's homes during pregnancy to help them determine their care options. Momobile can help mothers find a health care provider, apply for food stamps if they are eligible, or obtain gas and electric utility assistance.

When a doctor makes a mistake that injures the mother or the baby, a medical malpractice attorney could seek compensation on their behalf. Mothers might receive compensation for increased medical bills and pain and suffering. An attorney might also help a parent bring suit on behalf of the child to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering or the costs of any necessary in-home care.

Source: WWSB My Suncoast, "New programs aim to save lives of American moms in childbirth", July 04, 2014

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