What We See in the Shameful Trends on U.S. Maternal Health

The New York Times (NYT) (11/17/2021)
  • The US maternal death rate is 2-4x higher than other developed nations.
  • America’s high maternal death rate is largely driven by economic and racially-driven healthcare disparities.
  • Poor, mostly rural Southern states have the highest maternal death rates.
  • Nationwide, Black women are 2.5x more likely to die during childbirth.
  • White women have a lower childbirth death rate due to living in communities with less pollution, more access to treatment and greater financial resources.
  • Mental health and substance abuse also push the US maternal death rate higher.