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U.S. maternal death rate is spiking. Here’s what’s being done to change that.
The Washington Post

The relatively high percentage of American women who die as a result of pregnancy, which exceeds that of other developed nations, is prompting a new national prevention campaign that relies on the states to take a leading role in preventing such deaths.

The effort encourages states to go beyond the information provided on a typical death certificate by having mortality review panels investigate the causes behind every maternal death that occurs during pregnancy or in the year after delivery. The hope is that the investigations will reveal causes for at least some of the deaths and lead to preventive measures to save the lives of more women.

A number of studies suggest that a third of deaths related to pregnancy are potentially preventable.