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"Deadly Delivery" Report: Too Many U.S. Mothers Dying in Childbirth

March 15, 2010

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="260" caption="Daniel Allan / Photodisc / Getty Images"][/caption] In a new piece in for Time magazine, noted maternal health expert Jennifer Block reports that maternal health care in the United States is in crisis, and names it "a systemic violation of women's rights." A new study from Amnesty International, titled "Deadly Delivery," details the dire state of national maternal health care and includes some outraging statistics: "...the likelihood of a woman's dying in childbirth in the U.S. is five times as great as in Greece, four times as great as in Germany and three times as great as in Spain. Every day in the U.S., more than two women die of pregnancy-related causes, with the maternal mortality ratio doubling from 6.6 deaths per 100,000 births in 1987 to 13.3 deaths per 100,000 births in 2006." The most disconcerting and angering fact about these deaths is that, according to Amnesty International, approximately half are preventable. "In the U.S., we spend more than any country on health care, yet American women are at greater risk of dying from pregnancy-related causes than in 40 other countries," says Nan Strauss, the report's co-author. "We thought that was scandalous." So do we. WMC Media Director Tristin Aaron interviewed Block on WBAI's "Health Styles" last August to discuss current women’s issues within health care. A big thank-you to Block for her invaluable reporting. Help WMC continue amplifying women's voices on crucial issues by donating to support our Exclusives series today.
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