Shame on us for allowing maternal death rates to soar | Editorial

Shame on us.

Shame on the United States, for scoring the worst maternal death rate in the developed world. And shame on New Jersey for ranking 35th among the states in terms of pregnancy-related deaths.

The statistics come from a six-month probe by ProPublica, a nonprofit news-gathering organization that has won numerous Pulitzer Prizes, including one this year for public service, and by National Public Radio.

The journalists found that maternal deaths in this country were nearly three times higher than in England and Germany. And more alarmingly, the rates in the United States have been on the rise for decades, …read more

Source: Burlington

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