As a mom blogger, I keep tabs on all sorts of parenting and health reports, including news on pregnancy and labor. So I've known for a while that, despite the huge amounts of money the U.S. spends on healthcare every year, we still have a disturbingly high maternity mortality rate: According to the most recent statistics, nearly 13 U.S. women die for every 100,000 live births.
More shockingly, in 2010, the U.S. ranked 50th in the world for maternal mortality, according to data from the World Health Organization, with higher death rates than some Middle Eastern and Asian countries as well as most European countries.
Both times I was pregnant, I put this out of my mind as much as possible. When it did invade my thoughts, I rationalized to myself why I'd be OK: I was healthy, I ate well, and I had access to great healthcare. Surely the women accounting for the U.S.'s high maternal mortality rate were less fortunate than me with respect to their own health and the healthcareRead More »from YouTube Mom’s Death Highlights Frightening U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate