by Dr. Joseph Mercola, Mercola.com
Global rates for maternal mortality have fallen by close to one-half, except in the U.S., where the number of women who die related to their pregnancy has significantly increased.
In a similar fashion, infant mortality rates are higher than any of the other 27 wealthy countries reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Cost for medical care in the US is the highest in the world. Unfortunately, high medical expenditures do not translate into better outcomes for mothers and infants. In fact, the number of infant deaths in the US for every 1,000 live births is higher than in Bosnia, Slovenia, Cuba and Belarus.
According to data released from the Institute of Health Metrics, there are 28 maternal deaths for every 100,000 births in the US. This number is a drastic 22 percent increase, up from 23 deaths in 2003. Compared to 1990, the maternal death rate in the U.S. has more than doubled.
© 2016 Dr. Joseph Mercola