From the ABC News Website.
A shocking new study shows American moms are more likely to die during child birth than those in other developed countries.
One in 1,800 mothers risk maternal death in the U.S. according to the recent study conducted by the save the children organization. That number is the highest level of risk compared to any other developed country in the world giving the U.S. 33rd place in the global motherhood ranking.
Doctors say there are number of contributing factors that may be responsible for this statistic including post-partum hemorrhage, toxemia, and complications with high blood pressure and obstructive labor.
"To me it is worrisome that that number has increased and it speaks to the need that all women should have pre-natal care, all women should be able to walk into a hospital and receive emergency obstetrical care if there's complications and I think that's a challenge for us to be sure that access is there," said medical director of Maternal Life International Dr. George Mulcaire-Jones, a family physician and obstetrician at St. James Healthcare.
Dr. Mulcaire-Jones says maternal mortality is generally attributed to a model called death as delay due to a delay in seeking care, reaching care or receiving care. Maternal deaths in underdeveloped nations is still 60 times more prevalent than in the U.S.