Experts fear pandemic’s impact on maternal mortality rates

Maternal mortality was already a serious issue in New Jersey before the pandemic, particularly for women of color

Mental health struggles have been brought to the forefront as we continue fending off the coronavirus pandemic and the trauma it has inflicted. For many pregnant or postpartum moms, the issue is all too familiar. More than one in seven women experience changes to their mental health during and after pregnancy, but finding help hasn’t always been easy.

Experts fear those concerns could be compounded by the pandemic — along with a potential increase in maternal mortality for pregnancy-related causes and lack of access to comprehensive care during the public health crisis. In addition, racial disparities in treatment have raised the risks for women of color. Correspondent Leah Mishkin reports.