Surprisingly awful maternal outcomes in USA healthcare

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at:, or follow me on Twitter.

From Amy Romano. This is shocking stuff:

Almost any way we look at it, maternal and infant health outcomes in the United States are far worse than they should be. Our infant mortality rate is on par with Poland, our maternal death rate just above Iran. We’re one of just eight countries in the world with rising maternal death rates, a distinction we share with Chad and Afghanistan. Our preterm birth rate has nudged down in recent years, but it’s hardly much to celebrate when we rank behind 53 other countries and still have a point to go to return to where we were in 1990.

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