Provider Resources - Urgent Maternal Warning Signs

Information for Health Care Providers


Each year in Texas, thousands of women experience severe maternal morbidity.

These unexpected outcomes of labor and delivery cause severe short- or long-term consequences to a woman’s health. 

As a health care provider, you can play a critical role in eliminating preventable maternal mortality and morbidity. 

What can you do to improve maternal safety?

  • Always ask whether your patient is pregnant or was pregnant in the last year.
  • Listen to women and hear their concerns.
  • Tell your patients and community about the urgent maternal warning signs, and when to get medical care right away.
  • Educate your patients about pregnancy-related health concerns.
  • Help patients understand and manage chronic conditions or conditions that may arise during pregnancy, like hypertension, diabetes, or depression.
  • Address health disparities.
  • Engage your patients in every decision about their medical care.
  • Recognize and address pregnancy-related complications before they become serious.


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