Opinion: Managed care’s role in protecting women from childbirth-related complications

The coronavirus pandemic brought the importance of public health to the forefront of national attention. While the Covid-19-related shutdowns at first significantly slowed the number of births in the U.S., the birth rate is expected to surge later this year. There will likely be close to 4 million births in the U.S. in 2021, the vast majority of which will be safe for both mother and child.

More than 700 mothers, however, die each year in the U.S. from pregnancy- and birth-related complications — and an astonishing two-thirds of these deaths are preventable.

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