It's a scary statistic-- in Missouri, 45 moms die for every 100,000 live births. That's significantly higher than the country's average, and no one really knows why.

Source: | Author: Kay Quinn

You might think dying during pregnancy or childbirth has gone the way of the horse and buggy, or disappeared with the invention of antibiotics.

But a 5 On Your Side investigation uncovered a shocking health trend. The number of moms dying of pregnancy complications in the state of Missouri spiked dramatically in the past five years.

Life in rural America can be tough, with challenges starting right from birth. Increasingly, rural women lack access to maternity services, jeopardizing their health and that of their newborns at a time when U.S. maternal mortality is rising.

Giving birth is hard enough, but racing 100 miles to the nearest hospital down winding country roads is a particularly harrowing way to experience labor. Evidence confirms what common sense suggests: Drive time affects outcomes. A Canadian study shows that the babies of mothers who travel more than an hour to give birth are more likely to require intensive care or to die within their first year of life.

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines provides the shortest maternity leave in Southeast Asia and it's about time that this be changed, a coalition of women's organizations and labor groups said.

The existing law only grants 60 days of paid leave for women who just gave birth. This is just a third of the 180-day leave given by Vietnam, which tops other countries within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).


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