In the United States, maternal death is more common than in many other developed countries and while there have been decreases in maternal mortality in other countries, there have been increases here. The continued rise in maternal deaths is a health crisis and a national tragedy that can be addressed in part with everyone working together to adopt evidence based childbirth practices and by reviewing near miss cases as a team.
Kathleen Rice Simpson is a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist in St. Louis, MO, and the Editor-in-Chief of MCN. Dr. Simpson can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com
The author declares no conflicts of interest.