Often when I think about Amnesty International, I think of issues elsewhere in the world. But Amnesty International is calling for stories now about the United States and our appalling maternal health statistics.
When you consider the United States comes in 41st place in maternal health out of 171 countries, far higher than the European average, it really makes you think.
The Reuters summary of the report states that one US woman in 4,800 is dying from complications of pregnancy or childbirth. With that rate, the US is about equal to Belarus and slightly better than Serbia… but worse than some developing nations, such as Bosnia. Another alarming statistic: the death rate for black women was nearly four times that for white women.
It took me a while to find this, but here is the whole report from WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, and The World Bank, for those of you who are interested.
If you want to learn more about this, you might like looking at this slide show – it has a lot of food for thought.