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The United States is the only developed nation where maternal mortality is on the rise.

We spend more per birth than any nation in the world, but our spending is not translating into better health. We are failing to capitalize on the single strongest determinant of lifelong health – pregnancy through the first 500 days of life.

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The US ranks
56th out of 224 countries
in the world
in infant mortality.
The World Factbook 2016-17. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2016.
In the US, between 2011 and 2012, there were 11.8 deaths per 100,000 live births for white women, 41.1 deaths per 100,000 live births for black women.
CDC. “Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 21 Jan. 2016. Web. 23 Jan. 2016.
41.1
11.8
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33% of women in the US
deliver via cesarean section,
more than double
the World Health Organization's
recommendation.
WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank (2015). Trends in Maternal Mortality 1990-2015
The only developed nation with
a rising mortality rate.
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  •   Developed Nations
  •   Developing Nations
Kassebaum et al (2014). Global, regional, and national levels and causes of maternal mortality during 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet, 384(9947), 980-1004
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Odd one out:
Maternal-mortality rate,
per 100,000 live births.
Kassebaum et al (2014). Global, regional, and national levels and causes of maternal mortality during 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet, 384(9947), 980-1004
In the United States,
mothers are
75% more likely to die
from complications
of pregnancy than in 1995.
Clinton Foundation, Gates Foundations, The Economist Intelligence Unit, WORLD Policy Analysis Center (2015). No Ceilings Full Participation Report 2015.
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