In this election year, more so than in previous ones, people talk about moving to Canada if their preferred candidate doesn’t win the White House. But for parents-to-be, there may be another reason to consider moving north of the border that has nothing to do with politics: it’s a lot safer for mothers to have a baby in Canada.
That is the conclusion contained in a global survey of maternal mortality published in late 2015 by the United Nations and the World Bank.
The survey found that the maternal mortality rate is twice as high in the United States as it is in Canada. In the U.S., there are an estimated 14 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births versus 7 deaths per 100,000 births in Canada.
Sadly, the U.S. maternal death rate has actually increased over the past 15 years, making it one of only 13 countries (along with nations such as North Korea, Zimbabwe, and Venezuela) to see a rise in the number of mothers who pass away during childbirth.
The Canadian maternal death rate remained unchanged during that same period.
The study also included these significant conclusions:
- Every day, approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
- 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries.
- Maternal mortality is higher in women living in rural areas and among poorer communities.
- Young adolescents face a higher risk of complications and death as a result of pregnancy than other women.
- Skilled care before, during and after childbirth can save the lives of women and newborn babies.
The injury or a death of a mother during childbirth is always heartbreaking, but it is even more so if doctors and other healthcare professionals caused or could have prevented such a result had they done their jobs properly.
The Washington, D.C. birth injury attorneys at LawMD use our decades of birth injury experience and a passion for justice to fight for compensation on behalf of families dealing with the aftermath of a mother’s injury or death during childbirth.
We are committed to getting justice and compensation for families living in the aftermath of injuries or the death of a mother caused by medical malpractice.
We have a long track record of success obtaining damages for victims, and several of our attorneys are also medical doctors who can evaluate whether your doctor was negligent.
This can get you answers quickly and save you the months and expenses normally associated with expert review of your case.
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