2. HOW MANY WOMEN DIE FROM PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH-RELATED ISSUES IN THE U.S.?
Every year in the U.S., 700 to 900 women die from pregnancy and childbirth complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
3. WHAT ARE OTHER COUNTRIES DOING TO LOWER RATES?
"We also don't have national protocols for conditions that are most likely to kill women in the peripartum period — the period preceding and following childbirth — such as postpartum hemorrhage. This is very different from, for example, the U.K., where there is a specific, publicly available protocol used throughout the country for this complication. And the quality of care a woman receives in the U.S. can vary a lot depending on the clinic or hospital where she happens to go. So that probably contributes as well," said Dr. Felicia Lester, University of California-Berkeley.
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