January 4, 2022

U-M: Health risks in mothers can last up to one year after delivery

Dr. Kara Zivin is quoted. 

Link to the original article on clickondetroit.com


“We found persistent racial and ethnic disparities in rates of severe maternal morbidity in the late postpartum period as well as very high rates among individuals with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders,” senior author Kara Zivin, professor of psychiatry and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan said in a statement.

“To improve outcomes through targeted interventions and policies, we need to find more comprehensive ways to capture the full picture of what drives maternal mortality and morbidity throughout the first year after pregnancy.”

Appropriate, timely care could have helped outcomes in certain populations, said the authors.

“Improving our understanding of the burden and impact of severe maternal morbidity will help us develop strategies to prevent these often tragic outcomes and improve postpartum care to help moms, babies, and their families,” Admon said in a statement.