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.