Sunday, April 10, 2011

Nations with Lower Maternal Mortality Rates than America

Here I am at 40 weeks and 6 days. Induction for so-called "over due" cases can lead to increased morbidity and mortality not only for the infant, but for the mother as well.



The countries below have lower maternal mortality rates (deaths during childbirth) than America:

Australia
Austria
Bahrain
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Canada
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Grenada
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Kuwait
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Marshall Islands
Montenegro
Netherlands
New Zealand
Niue
Norway
Oman
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Republic of Korea
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom

(Based on current data from the World Health Organization, http://apps.who.int/ghodata/?vid=250#)

Many thanks to Laura Gilkey for assembling this list. 

Additional Links

The US ranks LAST in the developed world:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/apr/12/maternal-mortality-rates-millennium-development-goals

Commentary:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/12/amnesty-us-maternal-mortality-rates

Amnesty International has called on US President Barack Obama to tackle soaring rates of maternal mortality and pregnancy-related complications that particularly affect minorities and those living in poverty.”
http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/usa-urged-confront-shocking-maternal-mortality-rate-2010-03-12

Deaths from pregnancy and childbirth in the United States have doubled in the past 20 years, a development that a human rights group called "scandalous and disgraceful" Friday.”
http://articles.cnn.com/2010-03-12/health/maternal.mortality_1_maternal-deaths-deaths-and-complications-pregnancy?_s=PM:HEALTH

2 comments:

  1. I would love to see how many of these countries have a higher home birth rate then here in the US and possibly even birth center!?

    Also what there C-section rates are.

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  2. I think that you got it wrong, Norway does not have more death in childbirth than the US.. lol

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