U.S. THE MOST DANGEROUS DEVELOPED COUNTRY TO GIVE BIRTH IN: REPORT (Source Newsweek)
The U.S. is the most dangerous country in the developed world to give birth in according to a report.
About 50,000 women are “severely injured” during childbirth, and about 700 women die every year. Half of these deaths could have been prevented, as could the injuries, if correct safety procedures had been followed, according to an investigation by USA Today. While most women give birth with no issue, “The Global Burden of Disease 2015 Maternal Mortality” study published in The Lancet journal and cited in the USA Today’s “Deadly Deliveries” report, lays bare the startling disparity between the U.S. and other developed nations. Maternal mortality was defined as a death occurring because of obstetric complications or when pregnancy exacerbates a pre-existing medical condition. Between 1990 to 2015, the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 births in most developed nations—including Germany, France, Japan, England and Canada—fell or plateaued to below 10. But in the U.S. the figure spiked to 26.4.