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STATISTICALLY SPEAKING, it's more dangerous to give birth in the U.S. today than it was a generation ago.
[US News, 6/19/19] Officials have taken steps to curb the country’s problem with pregnancy-linked deaths, but acknowledge that more needs to be done.
it’s more dangerous to give birth in the U.S. today than it was a generation ago. The maternal death rate more than doubled between 1987 and 2015, even as that rate fell for women in other developed countries. About 700 women in the U.S. now die every year during pregnancy, at childbirth or shortly afterward, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and about 2 in 3 of these deaths are likely preventable. Details on why these women died have often been murky. But with increased public scrutiny around the issue, advocates are demanding that more be done to curb maternal mortality in America, and experts say important steps to improve maternal health are underway.
“Obviously, the needle is moving in the wrong direction,”
Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said at a recent forum on rural maternal health, held in the nation’s capital.
“We know that there’s a lot more work to be done, and we don’t have all the answers,” Verma said……..
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