Yes, so we’re behind Croatia. Eventually, in Croatia people will be packed in like tuna while America will once again be a sparsely-populated land of wide open spaces and roaming bison being hunted by billionaire sportsmen. Something to look forward to.
The maternal mortality rate for Texas has quadrupled over the last 15 years to 24.6 out of 100,000 births in 2010, from 6.1 per 100,000 live births in 1996, according to a report last year from the state’s Department of Health Services.
Many counties report no maternal deaths. But two scarcely populated Texan counties report maternal mortality rates of over 900 per 100,000 births, or nearly 1 percent of all births, according to the report. The state also has 15 counties that have maternal mortality rates higher than 100 deaths per 100,000 births and not all of them are rural.
Those numbers are far worse than the national average maternal mortality rate of 21 per 100,000 live births. But our national statistic offers no pride. It leaves the United States at the bottom of the list of developed nations; meaning, for instance, that more new mothers are dying here than in Croatia.