I find it difficult at best to understand how murder and suicide could exceed this problem here. We have no control over the murder rate. This shouldn’t even be a considering factor. Suicide? Why aren’t the doctors being looked at? They can’t recognize the signs of depression? Are they asking their postpartum patients the questions they should be to determine signs of depression? If they aren’t interviewing those patients (this may be a very large determining factor, since I suspect they aren’t interviewing them themselves and their staff are lacking in the required training and skills) maybe they should be looking at their staffing needs.
Murder and suicide never should be the highest cause of maternal postpartum deaths in an area with the facilities we have and the types of patients who are referred here.