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Has it been taken into account that since Augusta has such a huge medical community, we get more mothers coming here with dangerous childbirths for the best care? Often, outlying hospitals and doctors, lacking in the facilities for such childbirths, send their patients here for treatment. This is especially true for the trauma centers. When considering the high mortality rate for any childbirth issues in the greater Augusta area (“Maternal death rates highest in Georgia, Augusta,” June 21), this must be taken into account.

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.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/12/13 - 03:16 am
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True

Similarly, in global statistics the US shows up high in infant mortality rates. Why? Because of excellent medical care, children who die in the womb in other countries survive and are born here and then succumb later which skews the statistics as pre-birth mortality is accounted for separately.

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deestafford 07/12/13 - 06:30 am
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Keep in mind that not all countries classify "infants" the same

way. Some count as up to one year and some count as up to much less than that. That's one of the problems with statistics...one has to look deeper as to how the factors are measured.

It's just like some when comparing children's deaths by hand guns "children" are counted up to and including 19 year olds which include gang members.

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Little Lamb 07/12/13 - 09:12 am
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Ravel

I was following the drift in Mr. Atwood's letter. Then at the second paragraph his logic began to unravel — fast. One way of looking at it is that if murder and suicide are the two largest causes of "maternal death," then that shows that the medical care is really great. They are not dying from C-section infection, from loss of blood, from other medical causes. There is nothing to see here.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/12/13 - 09:27 am
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Mindless Behavior does concert at Medical Stats Dept.
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Mindless Behavior does concert at Medical Stats Dept.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/12/13 - 09:28 am
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State Propaganda. What is the motivation? Always ask?
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State Propaganda. What is the motivation? Always ask?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/12/13 - 09:30 am
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The more dr's & hospitals you have, more incindent reports.
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The more dr's & hospitals you have, more incident reports.

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