How Many American Women Die From Causes Related To… — ProPublica
The questions are straightforward, with public health implications that would seem impossible to shrug off.
How many American women die each year from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth? How many of these deaths are preventable? How does the nation’s current rate of maternal mortality compare to the rate 10 or 20 or 30 years ago?
The answers are central to any true picture of U.S. maternal health, and an essential tool in limiting such tragedies going forward. Much as an accurate census is vital to a functioning democracy, so reliable information on what goes right or wrong in pregnancy and childbirth is key to saving lives.