Opinion: The staggering toll of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth

In conversations about the woeful state of maternal care in the United States — pregnancy-related death is three times more likely here than it is in 10 similar countries — pregnancy-related complications often take a back seat. They shouldn’t.

Pregnancy and childbirth are generally safe, wonderful, and even transformative experiences. But they can turn dangerous, especially for people of color.

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