Maternal Health

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More babies are born with substance-addiction problems in Bexar County than any other Texas county, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. 

Almost seven years ago, Donna Kreuzer was taking care of her newborn granddaughter in a hotel room in San Antonio. Her daughter, Kristi, was attending a law conference with her husband, and Kreuzer came along to help out.

During that trip, she says, her daughter revealed a secret she had been keeping for eight weeks.

The end of this year’s legislative session is a little more than a week away, and health advocates say lawmakers are missing an opportunity to deal with a public health crisis in the state.

Last year, researchers reported a sharp spike between 2010 and 2012 in the number of women in Texas who died while pregnant or soon after giving birth, but they don’t know why.

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Texas women die of pregnancy-related complications at a rate exceeding that of any other state in the U.S. or developed country in the world.

According to a study published in a national medical journal last September, the maternal mortality rate in Texas almost doubled between 2010 and 2014 - an increase that is hard to explain “in the absence of war, natural disaster, or severe economic upheaval."

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While Texas passed with a "C" on this year's Premature Birth Report Card, an 11 percent premature birth rate earned Bexar County a "D."