Feb 16, 2020 19:46 UTC

According to the US CDC’s National Vital Statistics System, 17.4 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births occurred in 2018— an estimated 658 lives lost. It was worse than the last official calculation, 12.7 deaths per 100,000 births, and it placed American maternal health outcomes where experts suspected they would land, worst among wealthy nations, and 55th among all countries.