Why thousands of moms are needlessly injured, and some die, giving birth every year in the U.S.

The U.S. has the highest maternal death rate among the world’s developed nations.

Everywhere else, the death rate has been stable or falling. In the U.S., it’s been getting worse.

Two women die in childbirth almost every day in America. About 700 a year.

And the number of mothers put at risk is far higher.

About 137 women per day — 50,000 per year — suffer severe complications or life-threatening injuries.