The U.S. has long had the highest rate of maternal fatalities during childbirth of any country in the developed world.
STOP. Read that again. We are inundated with so many statistics these days that we lose sight of which ones matter. This one matters. This is insane.
The rate of maternal injuries and deaths during childbirth in U.S. hospitals has been steadily increasing over the decade. For their part, hospitals have insisted that this increase was largely out of their control and not a reflection of any declining quality of care. Hospital advocates suggest that poverty rates and an increase in pre-existing maternal health conditions are to blame for these morbidity rates.