What will it take to reverse the rising maternal mortality rate in the U.S.?

Even in developed countries like the United States, the maternal mortality rate is higher than it should be. In fact, the U.S. has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world.

With proper care before, during and after childbirth, many women’s lives can be saved. The state of California is one example where concerted efforts are being made to improve maternal mortality rates—and those efforts are working.

“California took this issue head on, which is admirable,” said Dr. Mark Simon, chief medical officer for OB...