Dec 9, 2019

Maternity care is really bad in Texas

A report from ProPublica, the Texas Tribune and Vox sheds some light on the terrible state of maternity care in Texas.

The big picture: The state "prioritize[s] babies over mothers, thwarts women at every turn, frustrates doctors and midwives, and incentivizes substandard care," the report states, citing gross medical errors, racial disparities and structural deficiencies.

  • The application process for Medicaid in Texas has been found to be incredibly difficult, causing women in the state to have the latest entry to prenatal care in the country.
  • Late-postpartum deaths in Texas are about 40%, and African American women have the greatest risk.

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