The U.S. ranks 50th in maternal mortality globally

Improving maternal care in the U.S. will involve much more than increased spending. Better care can be provided at lower costs simply by recognizing that child birth is more than just a medical process that needs very expensive technical expertise. In many cases much lower cost alternatives can provide more care and more effective and humane care as has been shown by the example in the many industrialized countries that have universal health care systems. 

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