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Massachusetts Maternal Mortality Rates Rising: Opioid Abuse and Psychiatric Illness Play a Role

Pregnancy-associated mortality, defined as the death of a woman during pregnancy or within one year of the termination of pregnancy, is increasing in Massachusetts.  In 2012, there were 30.4 deaths/100,000 live births. In 2014, the rate increased by 33%, to 40.4 deaths per 100,000 live births. Because pregnancy-associated mortality rates have historically been relatively low… Read More »

Meth And Opioid Use Rising During Pregnancy, Study Finds

According to the results of a new study, amphetamine and opioid use in pregnancy increased significantly over the past decade in the U.S. Teenage girl using heroin. (Courtesy, Getty Images)Getty But, even more concerning is the fact that the rate of amphetamine and opioid use increased more steeply in mothers having children in rural counties. This… Read More »