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Modern maternal mortality rates in the U.S.

New York mothers may be interested in learning more about the recent statistics concerning maternal mortality rates in the U.S. The steep decline in pregnancy-related deaths since the 1930s has been described as one of the greatest achievements in the public health sector during the modern era. Before then, approximately one out of every 100 women died after giving birth. During the late 1980s, less than eight out of every 100,000 women in the U.S died as a result of childbirth.

However, since that time, the maternal mortality rate in the U.S. has risen. As of 2013, 18.5 women died for every 100,000 live births. This trend is in contrast with most developed countries, including Japan and Germany, where the maternal mortality rate has been declining steadily since 1990. The U.S, South Sudan and Afghanistan are three of just eight countries that had their maternal mortality rate increase between 2003 and 2013.

Some speculate that the increasing number of older women giving birth may be a factor. From 2006 to 2010, women at or over the age of 35 accounted for just 16 percent of all live births, but they represented 27 percent of the deaths related to pregnancy. In addition, close to 33 percent of all pregnancies now involve cesarean sections, with the attendant risks that this type of surgical procedure can bring.

A woman who is injured as a result of an error during pregnancy may benefit from consulting a lawyer. Legal counsel may be prepared to investigate the patient's hospital records in order to determine whether the physician, staff or health care facility can be held accountable for the ensuing damages.

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