Amidst growing awareness of the need to extend postpartum care and better support new mothers in Mississippi, Harvard Medical School Dean George Q. Daley recently discussed the importance of such measures in the state.
Dr. Daley underscored the fact that Mississippi has the highest postpartum mortality rate of any state in the nation, with approximately 30.7 deaths per 100,000 live births. He stated that this issue is not only about the wellbeing of mothers, but also about the health and future of newborns and their families.
The Harvard Medical School Dean asserted that “Mississippi must prioritize postpartum care and extend the duration of care for new mothers beyond the short window of time typically provided.” He contended that “well-informed discussions and action must occur in order to ensure that mothers receive the care they need, when they need it.”
To address this issue, Dr. Daley suggested that Mississippi create a comprehensive yet cost effective plan to ensure that all new mothers have access to quality postpartum care throughout the year. He urged for the implementation of measures such as home visits, expanded mental health services, and financial support for families to aid in the transition to parenthood.
In addition, he suggested that education and outreach among medical providers should be increased to ensure that every new mother is aware of the services and support available to them. He stated that “Mississippi must create a culture of support that goes beyond the hospital walls and into the homes of new mothers.”
Dr. Daley concluded his remarks by emphasizing the need for a collective effort to improve postpartum care in Mississippi and ensure that new mothers receive the attention and resources they need to ensure their wellbeing. He declared that “an investment in postpartum care is an investment in the future of Mississippi.”
George Q. Daley, Dean of Harvard Medical School, has pointed to Mississippi’s postpartum mortality rate of 30.7 deaths per 100,000 live births, the highest of any state in the country, as emphasizing the necessity of postpartum care expansion in the region. Dr. Daley urged the development of a comprehensive yet cost-effective plan to ensure that all new mothers benefit from quality postpartum care throughout the year. He proposed initiatives such as home visits, extended mental health services, and financial support for families as crucial measures to promote a culture of support beyond the hospital walls. Dr. Daley concluded his remarks by stressing the necessity of a collective effort to improve postpartum care in Mississippi and ensure that new mothers receive the attention and resources needed for their wellbeing. He asserted that such an investment is essential for the future of the state.