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You can see how alarming the issue is in this chart. In other countries, maternal death rates have fallen sharply since 1990. In South Korea, the rate of women dying in childbirth fell from 20.7 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 12 today. In Germany, it dropped from 18 to 6.5.

But in the United States, the opposite is happening. The rate of women dying in childbirth is going up.

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Image:┬áBy Tom Adriaenssen – http://www.flickr.com/photos/inferis/110652572/, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=639667

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