Maternal health care in New Mexico ranks low

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — The ‘Policy Center for Maternal Mental Health’, a nonprofit working to boost maternal health care across the nation, worked with Plum Organics, a baby food company, to combine data from dozens of sources to compare the relative risk mothers face in each county in the U.S. The analysis including data like rates of intimate partner psychological aggression, a survey of emotional support for mothers, and rates of children in poverty. The combined data resulting in a standardized score, referred to as a ‘Risk Factors Score’. Counties in the northwest and central portions of New Mexico revealed a particularly high risk for maternal mental health issues. The state, as a whole, ranks worse than the national average in terms of maternal mental health support.