In recent months, the United States has seen a sharp increase in maternal mortality rates, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC report shows that the maternal death rate rose sharply in 2021, with experts expressing concerns that the problem is getting worse. The study found that the rate of maternal deaths has risen dramatically during the pandemic.
Further reports indicate that this increase has hit Black women especially hard, with NPR reporting that maternal mortality rose during the pandemic, hitting Black women especially hard.
One doctor has spoken up about the concerning situation, describing the high child mortality rates as “astonishing to see”, and unlike anything he has ever seen before.
This rise in maternal deaths has seen the highest level since 1965, according to The Wall Street Journal, with the pandemic exacerbating the issue.
The news has sparked concern and calls for increased support and resources to be made available for expecting mothers during these difficult times.