WEST WINDSOR – The national crisis of maternal mortality is the topic of an upcoming lecture at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) on Sept. 26.
The diverse number of contributions to the maternal healthcare crisis will be the subject of the lecture “Maternal Mortality: A National Crisis and the Movement to Save Lives,” hosted by Casey Cattell, Heroes for Moms ambassador and co-author of Nobody Told Me About That (2018). Her talk will take place on Thursday, Sept. 26, at noon in the Communications Building, room CM108, on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The presentation is part of MCCC’s fall Distinguished Lecture Series.
The lecture will cover Cattell's personal experience of surviving two of the leading causes of sudden maternal death. Both pulmonary embolism and postpartum hemorrhage affected her first pregnancy in 2015, of which she nearly died. The impact of safe blood products and the major issues currently contributing to the maternal healthcare crisis will also be discussed.
The maternal mortality rate is higher in the United States than in any other developed county and is still on the rise. Cattell's goal is to raise public awareness of the maternal mortality rate, while highlighting the detrimental effects of severe perinatal complications. She has spoken at events to encourage and empower expecting families and mothers, while stressing the need for blood donations.
Cattell is a maternal health and patient safety advocate for Heroes for Moms in Central Jersey. Heroes for Moms is a national platform that promotes blood drive events and the importance of pregnancy-related complications. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is partnering with Heroes for Moms to host a blood drive on Maternal Health Awareness Day in January. For more information, visit heroesformoms.com
For more information on MCCC’s Distinguished Lecture Series, call (609) 570-3324 or visit www.mccc.edu/lecture.