Opinion: Maternal deaths represent the canary in the coal mine for women’s health

Women's health isn't something to be concerned about only during pregnancy and then disregarded after the baby is born.

Recent media reports have coupled a startling set of facts with an equally startling explanation.

Women who want to start or grow their families face greater risks during childbirth than their mothers did. Over the last two decades, the number of American women who die each year from a pregnancy- or childbirth-related cause has skyrocketed by more than 50 percent. The risks for black women are more than three times higher than for white or Hispanic women, regardless of income or.

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