The U.S. is the most dangerous developed country to give birth in, a USA Today investigation revealed Thursday. More than 50,000 American mothers are severely injured giving birth every year, and roughly 700 end up dying. About half of those deaths and injuries would be prevented if hospitals simply provided better care, USA Today found. But there's no tracking system for doctors to record childbirth issues, and doctors and hospitals alike regularly miss or ignore obvious signs of pre- and post-natal complications. The negligence has resulted in a sharp increase in maternal mortality rates, up from 17 deaths in 100,000 births in 1990 to 26.4 in 2015. The rest of the developed world saw steady or improved death rates, with many below 10 deaths per 100,000 births.
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