While the global maternal mortality ratio has decreased, the U.S. maternal mortality ratio has increased over recent decades. The U.S. has the worst maternal mortality ratio among developed countries. This paper examines potential explanations for the increase in the U.S. maternal mortality ratio, including problems in how the data are reported, medical intervention, and poverty. Potential remedies for issues are discussed. I conclude that even though all three factors have likely contributed to the rise in the maternal mortality ratio, the total effect of the factors is not clearly known and most likely does not fully explain the rise in the maternal mortality ratio.
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"Maternal Mortality in the U.S.,"
Major Themes in Economics, 21, 29-50.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/mtie/vol21/iss1/5