In 2015, more than 300,000 women died during childbirth—often from preventable causes. 99% of the deaths occurred in developing countries. While maternal mortality fell 44% from 1990-2015, that still falls short of the UN’s goals.
The US is failing its mothers. While most US women safely give birth, 50,000+ are severely injured and 700 die each year. Although maternal deaths per 100,000 births have been flat or have fallen in most developed nations, they have increased sharply in the US.