American women are far more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than women in other wealthy countries—and a national shortage of maternity care providers bodes ill for the future.
Those are some of the findings from a new report on maternal mortality by the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund, which compared the United States with 10 other high-income nations.
It found what the researchers called “unacceptable” numbers.
In 2018, the U.S. maternal mortality rate stood at 17 for every 100,000 births—more than double the rate of most other countries. Those figures capture deaths during pregnancy and within 42 days of the end of pregnancy.