Maternal Mortality in the United States

A sister site to The Treating Physician provides a place for Dr. Alan Lindemann, an obstetrician with 37 years of experience, to talk about the inordinately high maternal death rate in the United States and how it got that way.

Currently, the United States has the highest maternal mortality rate of any developed country. It hasn’t always been this way. Maternal death rates in the United States had been declining steadily until the mid-1990s:

The U.S. maternal mortality rate has more than doubled from 10.3 per 100,000 live births in 1991 to 23.8 in 2014. Over 700 women a year die of complications related to pregnancy each year in the United States, and two-thirds of those deaths are preventable.

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Dr. Lindemann’s blog provides a place to talk about the content of his video course “How to Avoid Losing Your Life in Childbirth” and the high cost of health care in the United States from a physician’s viewpoint.

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