Preexisting Conditions May Significantly Influence Maternal Outcomes
Study results indicate need for pregnant women with medical conditions like lupus to receive care at high-risk facilities
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
When it comes to preventing poor outcomes in laboring women, hospitals must do a better job of figuring out how much risk they are willing to accept and when to recommend that mothers-to-be seek care at facilities better equipped to handle potentially complicated cases.
That is the implication of a new study that found that preexisting conditions unrelated to pregnancy can greatly increase the likelihood for maternal morbidity and mortality.
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