A global survey of maternal mortality recently found that women in the U.S. are two times more likely to die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes than women in Canada. The medical malpractice attorneys at Pintas & Mullins detail this survey and the factors driving these alarming statistics.
The survey was published by the United Nations and World Bank and led by the World Health Organization. The U.S. was one of just 13 countries to have worse death rates, along with Zimbabwe, North Korea and Venezuela.
The U.S. maternal mortality rate was found to be worse than it was in 1990. In 1990, the U.S. averaged 12 deaths per 100,000 live births. In 2013, that number rose to 14. Canada averaged seven deaths per 100,000 births. The global leaders in maternal survival are Iceland, Finland, Greece and Poland, all of which have just three mothers die for every 100,000 births.