The US is number 1 !
A Commonwealth Fund report from 12/2022 that the US leads the rest of the similar high income countries in the world in maternal mortality.
Deaths per 100,000 live births:
- US - Black - 55.3
- US - Total - 23.8 and worsening
- US - White - 19.1
- US - Hispanic - 18.2
- Virginia - 15.6
- New Zealand - 13.6
- Korea, Canada, France, Switzerland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Norway, Germany, Japan, Australia, and Netherlands - much lower.
The "best" healthcare system in the world apparently is not doing very well in terms of maternal mortality.
So why is this happening and what does the future look like ?
What are the characteristics of higher mortality states ?
- Significant abortion restrictions
- Increased maternity care deserts (= fewer healthcare facilities)
- Fewer Obstetricians and Certified Nurse Midwives
- Decreased prenatal care
- Decreased healthcare insurance options including Medicaid Expansion