Out of Sight, Out of Mind: What Is the True US Maternal Mortality Rate? No One Knows

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August 1, 2019

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Jacklynn Blanchard

In recent years, articles about the staggering number of American women losing their lives to pregnancy-related complications have gained traction both in the media and on the campaign trail. Among the 2020 presidential candidates, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren have garnered the lion’s share of attention for their plans to curb the US maternal mortality rate, but candidates like Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, and Bernie Sanders have also either introduced or cosponsored bills aimed at saving the lives of mothers.

In spite of the increased attention, maternal mortality still goes underreported. The reasons why are complicated and vary depending on location or individual demographics, but existing research provides some insight into the issue.

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