This story was co-published with ProPublica.
The United States remains one of the most dangerous high-income countries in the world for women to give birth. And with the uninsured rate rising across the country — particularly among low-income people — an already dangerous situation could deteriorate even further.
More than half of all maternal deaths occur after the birth, sometimes six or more weeks postpartum, including a rising number linked to chronic conditions such as cardiac-related illnesses and mental health disorders. It’s no coincidence that many American mothers lack adequate health insurance during this critical period of their lives.
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