Childbirth Deaths on the Rise

US has highest maternal mortality among developed nations

Peggy O'Mara

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For over 100 years, maternal mortality (the rate of women dying during childbirth or within 42 days afterwards) has steadily declined in the US. It dropped from 607.9 deaths per 100,000 in 1915 to 7.1 deaths per 100,000 in 1998. Since then, however, maternal deaths in the US have been on the rise.

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Peggy O'Mara

Peggy O’Mara is an award winning journalist. She was the Editor and Publisher of Mothering Magazine for over 30 years. Her focus is Family, Health, and Justice.