Health and Healthcare

American women are 50% more likely to die in childbirth than their mothers

Daniele Kelly, 31, who is seven months pregnant, poses at the entrance of her stilt house, a lake dwelling also known as palafitte or 'Palafito', in Recife, Brazil, February 6, 2016. The Zika virus, linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil, is primarily transmitted through mosquito bites, but word surfaced this week of infections through sex and blood transfusions.  REUTERS/Nacho Doce      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - GF10000298977

American women today are 50% more likely to die in childbirth than their own mothers. Image: REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Emma Charlton
Writer, Forum Agenda
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The overall picture is improving but far too many women are still dying
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Maternal mortality ratio has risen in the US
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Most maternal deaths in US occur within 42 days of giving birth
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