Complications in Hospital Childbirth: Are Mothers to Blame?

Ample data suggests that America is the most dangerous place to give birth in the developed world. But while concerned parents blame our health care system and, more specifically, the medical professionals directly involved in childbirth, the medical community has repeatedly claimed that unhealthy parents are, in fact, to blame. This chicken-or-egg argument may be even more complicated than once assumed, as we explain below: Childbirth Injuries and Fatalities: By the Numbers It’s no secret that the United States leads the developed world in infant mortality, but the issue may be far more severe than most people suspect. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control indicate that maternal deaths related to childbirth have increased substantially in the last several years, reaching an alarming 23.8 deaths per 100,000 births in 2014. The CDC also reports that approximately 700 women die in childbirth every year — and an additional 50,000 women suffer severe pregnancy…

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