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Top Stories: State Launches Program To Address Maternal Mortality

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Maria Vera feeds her newborn son, Jair Alexander, with the help of Melissa Benson, a registered nurse and director of women's services at The Children's Hospital of San Antonio, in December.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Health officials this week began a program aimed at reducing maternal mortality in Texas.

Texas AIM will help hospitals use a new set of guidelines to treat pregnant women at risk for hemorrhage, hypertension and opioid abuse. 168 hospitals have joined Texas AIM so far out of 242 hospitals in Texas offering maternity services.

The idea is to standardize across the state how doctors deal with pregnant women at risk of common complications that have led to maternal deaths in Texas. Texas health officials also say there's evidence creating protocols in hospitals has curbed maternal deaths in other states, such as California.

Other stories this morning:

  • There’s a growing effort to address a growing risk of suicide in children and teenagers.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.  

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and KERANews.org. She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.