Suicide leading cause of maternal deaths
Thu, 14 Jun 2012 5:27a.m.
The leading cause of maternal deaths in New Zealand continues to be suicide and action needs to be taken to reduce the figures, a report says.
According to the annual report of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC), released on Wednesday, there were 13 deaths from suicide between 2006 and 2010, representing almost a quarter of the total 57 maternal deaths recorded.
Maternal deaths are those among pregnant women and mothers with newborn babies up to six weeks.
PMMRC chair Professor Cynthia Farquhar says the report contains recommendations to reduce the figures, including establishing a mother and baby unit in the North Island, in addition to an existing unit in Christchurch.
The report also recommends the referral of pregnant women and new mothers with a history of mental illness for psychiatric assessment and management, even if they are currently well.
"There also needs to be better coordination between existing services in the primary and specialist sectors and processes for sharing information between providers," Prof Farquhar said.
Other frequent causes of maternal deaths between 2006 and 2010 included maternal pre-existing medical conditions, of which there were 11 cases, and nine cases of amniotic fluid embolism.
Prof Farquhar said the report found that one in three maternal deaths was potentially avoidable.
"New Zealand has very good maternity services, but there is always scope to learn and improve."
She said the most common factors contributing to potentially avoidable deaths of babies and mothers were not being able to access the necessary health services, issues with the skills of health care professionals, and organisational issues such as a delay in procedures.
* Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline's 24-hour telephone counselling service on 0800 543 354.
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21/06/2012 1:56:58 p.m.
brent MR. wrote:
many things in life will push us to the brink .
when we have to make a choice, given the other things (we all think )
So land is is not a distance to worry about ?
You have a very pretty land to walk on.
glad to have seen even with this topic.
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15/06/2012 10:07:02 a.m.
Is it more @ Father of, that pregnancy and childbirth have heavy life implications for women that can heighten overwhelming feelings of powerlessness, desperation and despair that underlie suicidal ideation. That there is a greater need for support and assistance for many women at this time in their lives, than is currently available
14/06/2012 4:36:54 p.m.
Father of sons wrote:
Careful analysis of figures suggests the suicide rate of pregnant women is less than that of non-pregnant women, and that it is about one quarter of the rate of young men. Not saying pregnancy suicides are not real - just that this is a suicide problem, not a pregnancy problem, and should be analysed in that manner.
14/06/2012 3:45:02 p.m.
Necessary health services quoted then explain when a young couple married come into a doctor to get assistance.
WHY just shove papers pamphlets in front of them to read and then tell them off for not getting a midwife.
Husband dyslexic and wife filopeno
14/06/2012 11:47:13 a.m.
This is a real problem. Especially with postnatal depression. Mothers end up in a mental health unit instead of being in a nice environment to recuperate with their babies close by.
14/06/2012 9:47:03 a.m.
Iron side wrote:
This is a major issue . There is very little support out there for what is a far more common situation than observed by others. It is well hidden. Shame , fear and the heavy risks involved with speaking out and trying to reach for help. This situation is what CYF uses as grounds to remove over a 1000 babies and small children a year from mothers over. "Just in case" . Instead of getting mum and family support to build strength. This factor greatly increases the suicide risk for mums and kids. Big questions need asking
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