May 15, 2018
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, co-sponsored legislation last week that seeks to reduce the nation’s disturbingly high maternal mortality and morbidity rate.
The United States has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the industrialized world, and the country ranks 47th for maternal mortality globally, according to the World Health Organization. The U.S. is now one of only eight countries in which the maternal mortality rate is rising.
Between 700 and 900 American women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes each year, and more than 50,000 endure life-threatening complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.