Some interesting facts:
- Doctors and some researchers immediately want to blame the increase in the maternal mortality rate on obesity, even though the research doesn't support this claim at all.
- Most medical professionals completely fail to see any link between the sharp increase in c-sections and the staggering increase in maternal deaths - even when hemorrhaging from C-sections is included as a possible contributing factor.
- Similarly, most medical professionals completely fail to see any link between the increase in inducing labor early, which is standard practice now, and the increase in maternal deaths. Because letting a woman's body go through the natural processes that occur prior to and during labor would just be silly now, wouldn't it?
- The state wasn't terribly enthusiastic about sharing this info.
- When they say "doctors and nurses are eager to help after seeing the numbers," that's probably actually code for "doctors and nurses are eager to increase the number of interventions during labor and delivery," since they cannot seem to get it out of their heads that medical micro-management = safe births and healthy babies. And this isn't likely to change, no matter how many statistics to the contrary and maternal deaths there are.
Lesson to be learned: If you're planning on having a baby anytime soon, your best bet is to stay the fuck away from the hospital. Which is, of course, a luxury reserved for the privileged.