These US Maternal Health Care Statistics are Shocking 😳
The United States of America is a great place to live. On the world stage we are leaders in economic and military power, cultural influence and entrepreneurship. Because of all of these great achievements, you might assume that we are also paving the way with exceptional maternal health care. You would be wrong.
Every time I see these statistics, I feel blindsided. Not only are we not providing exceptional systemic care for our mothers, we are barely providing adequate care. How is this possible? Mothers are the creators and nurturers of the future of our country.
Here are the shocking stats:
1 in 9 mothers in the US experiences postpartum depression. In some states the rate is as high as 1 in 5 mothers.
The US has one of the worse maternity leave policies in the world. There are no federal laws that guarantee paid leave for mothers. In comparison, the UK guarantees 39 paid weeks of maternity leave and 52 weeks in total. Here is a chart of length of maternity leave requirements from around the world, if you’re interested.
While the global maternal mortality rate has decreased by 44% worldwide, the MMR has actually increased in the US and has failed to hit national goals.
Black women die at a rate of 3-4x that of white women, a disparity that has been present for over decades.
The US has the worse maternal mortality rate than any other developed country.
Can you believe it?!
While these statistics seem pretty dismal, we could look at this as an opportunity to make an impact. Perhaps the best way to do this is to vote. And encourage your representatives to stand behind maternal health policies. Here are a few resources that can help you take action to improve maternal health care in the United States:
This summary of current legislation to improve maternal health compiled by National Partnerships for Women and Families, an organization that is dedicated to making life better for women and families.
These easy to fill-out letters to Congress, also created by National Partnerships for Women and Families.
Tune into your local legislation to support laws and politicians that support maternal health issues, like this California Bill.