The U.S. Is The Only Developed Nation With A Rising Maternal Mortality Rate
May 19, 2014
Source - Huffington Post
American maternal mortality rates rose over a 20-year period at a rate that places the U.S. in the company of war-torn countries like Afghanistan and impoverished nations like Chad and Swaziland, according to a new report. The findings were recently published in the Lancet by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a global health research center at the University of Washington. They comprise over 20 years of maternal health data from around the globe. The report shows that there are 18.5 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in the U.S., up from 12.4 deaths per 100,000 births in 1990. Dr. Nicholas Kassebaum, the lead author of the study and a pediatric anesthesiologist at Seattle Children's, said the findings show that America has a long way to go when it comes to identifying and caring for women at risk of pregnancy-related complications.