Although the United States spends more on health care than any other nation, a pregnant woman in this country is more likely to die of pregnancy related complications than a woman in 40 others.
In Oklahoma, one in five women receives delayed or no prenatal care. As a result, the state ranks 39th nationally in maternal mortality rates, according to the report, "Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA." This issue deserves attention and resolution, according to Elizabeth Chamberlain, chair of Amnesty International's local Group 238.
"Access to health care is a human rights issue," Chamberlain said. "When this report came out ,we thought it would be very relevant to Oklahoma, and we really just wanted to spread the word."
The local chapter will host a panel discussion on disparities surrounding maternal health care, both locally and nationally. The event will start at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at Mayflower Congregational Church, 3901 N.W. 63rd. Representatives from Amnesty International, the Oklahoma Department of Health and Healthy Start Initiative will speak.
For more information, e-mail Elizabeth.Chamberlin@va.gov.