(Gallup) Fewer women say pregnant women are getting high-quality prenatal care

The following is from Gallup News.

Although maternal mortality rates are down sharply from where they were 20 years ago, a recent United Nations report shows the world’s progress toward reaching the UN’s sustainable development goal of reducing maternal mortality has stalled.

Further, there is evidence that rates may be heading in the wrong direction.

In 2020, the global maternal mortality ratio was 152 deaths per 100,000 live births, up from 151 deaths per 100,000 live births the year before.

Results from the Year 2 Hologic Global Women’s Health Index, conducted in 2021, suggest that many women also see the care where they live beginning to slip when it comes to providing pregnant women with high-quality prenatal healthcare.

The majority of women surveyed in Year 2 (65%) said they think most pregnant women in their city or area receive high-quality healthcare during their pregnancies, down slightly from the 69% who said so in Year 1 (conducted in 2020).

The Year 3 report, which will be available in 2023, will provide further insights into whether this decline continued in 2022.

While maternal mortality rates are much higher in low-income economies than high-income economies — illustrating the prioritization, resourcing and funding challenges behind the problem — women in all country income groups were less likely in Year 2 than Year 1 to believe pregnant women in their area receive high-quality prenatal care.

On average, 81% of women in high-income economies believe they have access to high-quality prenatal care, down three percentage points from Year 1 — as do 50% of women in low-income economies, down nine points from Year 1, which qualifies as a significant change.

The Best and Worst Countries and Territories for Perceived Quality Prenatal Healthcare

Women in Northern European countries such as Finland and Norway and countries in Western and Central Europe such as France, the Netherlands and Switzerland were the most likely in the world to believe most pregnant women in their communities get high-quality care, with at least 90% of women reporting this.

These countries with the highest perceptions of prenatal care among women have low maternal mortality rates, high GDP per capita and large investments in the health of their population, as demonstrated by their high health expenditures per capita.

Meanwhile, the countries with the lowest perceptions of quality prenatal care among women include low-income to upper-middle-income countries situated all along the spectrum of maternal mortality rates.

From Year 1 to Year 2, perceptions of the quality of prenatal care dropped most among women in high-income (Hong Kong, Hungary, Lithuania and Uruguay) and upper-middle-income (Serbia, Romania, Georgia and Jamaica) economies.

Real-world conditions at the time could have contributed to these declines. For example, the measures taken to curtail the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic severely disrupted healthcare systems around the world. Many countries had to restrict access to care and treatment, which directly affected people’s healthcare experiences, including those of pregnant women. (Continued…)

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  1. Sharyl and Full Measure Team,

    Quote from above :

    “UN’s sustainable development goal
    of reducing maternal mortality has
    STALLED [[ my emphasis ]].”

    That “stalled” outcome PARTLY results
    differences :

    Just as with education outcomes, where pre-school instruction does not alter that BRICK-WALL barrier of GENE-Based APTITUDE among minority kids – at around age 14 ! – resulting in their inability to LEARN, say : Algebra-I, as teachers are unable to take ((generally speaking)) the brown-Hispanic and black-African students beyond that HERITABLE barrier ((generally speaking))—so, similarly, low-IQ minority mothers necessarily have more difficulty taking care (( seeing a physician and giving maternal attention )) during pregnancy, as they’re more likely to drink alcohol and not watch their diet while higher-IQ (( White and Asian )) mothers take far better care (( generally speaking ! )).

    Economic outcomes among all racial and intra-racial groups FOLLOW that law of (( unequal )) HERITABLE aptitude (( GENERALLY Speaking ! )), as societal outcomes display/evince that LAW everywhere you look :

    FROM higher income
    TO lower income //

    FROM higher health-outcomes
    TO lower health-outcomes //

    FROM higher home-ownership
    TO lower home-ownership //

    FROM higher credit-scores
    TO lower credit-scores //

    FROM high-performing offspring
    TO low-performing offspring //

    FROM higher graduation rates
    TO lower graduation rates //

    —societies :

    1st ). Asian (( Eastern / Near East ))
    2nd ). White (( European / British / Nordic ))
    3rd ). Brown (( non-Asian / non-white Hispanic ))
    4th ). Black (( non-mixed or low-mixed African ))

    CRIME rates follow, exactly, those above racial/ethnic gradations—although brown Hispanics and black Africans skew statistics toward a very troubling congruence/equality, today (( study my “Color of Crime” report, taken from FBI statistics, as reported by an Australian journalist in 1995, who had claimed his findings could not be published by MSM in America )).


    1. P.S.

      “ I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness . . . The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance. ”

      ― Carl Sagan,

      “The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark”

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