The maternal mortality crisis in the United States has been well documented: U.S. women have the highest rate of maternal deaths among high-income countries, while Black women are nearly three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women are. But maternal deaths and complications may be a bellwether for the U.S.’s wider failures with respect to women’s health and health care.
Highlights of the report include:
Among women of reproductive age (18-49) in high-income countries, rates of death from avoidable causes, including pregnancy-related complications, are highest in the United States.U.S. women of reproductive age are significantly more likely to have problems paying their medical bills or to skip or delay needed care because of costs.U.S. women of reproductive age have among the highest rates of multiple chronic conditions and the highest rate of mental health needs.Sweden, the U.S., Canada, and Australia are the countries where women of reproductive age are the least likely to report having a regular doctor or place to go for care.
Read the full report from The Commonwealth Fund here.