How Many American Women Die From Causes Related to Pregnancy or Childbirth? No One Knows.

United States (ProPublica) – Data collection on maternal deaths is so flawed and under-funded that the federal government no longer even publishes an official death rate. The questions are straightforward, with public health implications that would seem impossible to shrug off. How many American women die each year from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth? How many of these deaths are preventable? How does the nation’s current rate of maternal mortality compare to the rate 10 or 20 or 30 years ago? The answers are central to any true picture of U.S. maternal health, and an essential tool in limiting Read More

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