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U.S. birth-related deaths are on the rise

Death during childbirth is unusually common in the United States compared to the rate in other developed nations, making it a serious concern for expectant Maryland mothers. Once common, the problem declined greatly in the 20th century thanks to advances in modern medicine. In the last 25 years, however, the number has been rising in the United States.

The rate of women who die due to childbirth has risen from less than 8 deaths per 100,000 births in 1987 to nearly 19 in 2013. From 2003 to 2013, the United States was one of only eight nations to see its rate of deaths due to birth-related complications rise. One theory about why this is happening is that the maternal death count is more accurate now than it once was. States have changed their coding systems for death causes over the years, but this does not fully explain why the number of birth-related deaths continue to rise.

Another theory is that the average age of mothers giving birth is much higher than in the past. Pregnancy carries more risks for older women, but again, this does not explain why the death rate is rising in the United States but not in other developed nations. A third theory is the increase in deliveries by cesarean sections, which brings all of the attendant risks of that type of surgical procedure. Yet another is that the overall health of women who become pregnant is declining.

These are just a few of the reasons that the risk of birth injuries and fatalities is on the rise around the country. Women who have been injured during the delivery process due to doctor error may want to speak with a medical malpractice attorney in order to determine how best to seek compensation for the damages that have been sustained.

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