Amnesty claims United States faces “maternal healthcare crisis”

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 31 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1856
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    As the US administration struggles to push controversial health reforms through Congress, a new report by Amnesty International claims that exclusion and discrimination have led to a mounting crisis in maternal healthcare, with mortality rates doubling in 20 years.

    The report says that at least two women die each day from complications of pregnancy and childbirth and maintains that half of these deaths could be prevented “if maternal healthcare were available, accessible and of good quality for all women.”

    The report indicates that maternal mortality ratios have increased from 6.6 deaths per 100 000 live births …

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