Some of the state’s leading physicians vetted ideas this weekend to reduce the deaths of women while pregnant or shortly after giving birth
One of the biggest challenges addressed at the Maternal Health Congress was access to health care. Dr. Carlos Cardenas, president of the Texas Medical Association, said the problem starts with family planning.
“Since the Legislature vastly reduced funding for family planning in 2011, we have seen a 27 percent increase in unplanned pregnancies,” he said. “Unplanned pregnancies are more likely to result in maternal and infant complications perhaps because [the mothers’] pre-pregnancy health wasn’t ideal.”