Maternal deaths from childbirth rise in U.S.

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Maternal deaths from childbirth rise in U.S.

Carol Morello

The United States is one of only eight nations worldwide to experience an increase over the past decade in maternal mortality related to childbirth. Researchers from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington reported findings in The Lancet journal. 

One reason for the increase is the number of pregnant women who have hypertension and diabetes, creating higher risk during pregnancy, said Nicholas Kassebaum, UW acting assistant professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine and the study's lead physician.