Demand more money and better health programs to save new and expecting mothers' lives

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Mothers. Everyone has one, at least in the physical sense. New, tiny humans came out of their womb where they had been developing for about nine months. Without mothers where would children come from? Everyone can agree: mothers are important. But if mothers are so integral, why is the maternal mortality rate so high? That’s right, the number of women dying from pregnancy related issues in the United States is high at 26.4 deaths in 100,000 births in 2015 and growing every year, while in 2015 Finland had only 3.8 deaths in 100,000 births, as a study in The Lancet informs readers. 700 to 900 women die each year because of pregnancy caused issues, the worst record in the developed world, and about 65,000 nearly die, NPR reported, adding that 60 percent of the deaths were preventable. Why are so many new and expecting women dying when they could have been saved? Something needs to be done, something that other countries with lower maternal mortality rates have done. The NPR article "Focus On Infants During Childbirth Leaves U.S. Moms In Danger" can shed some light on why so many new and expecting mothers in the United States die despite there being enough money and resources to take care of them. Here are some of these reasons:

  • Not enough money is going towards the care of new and expecting mothers. “Under the Title V federal-state program supporting maternal and child health, states devoted about 6 percent of block grants in 2016 to programs for mothers, compared to 78 percent for infants and special-needs children," the article says.
  • Hospitals are not well enough prepared to look after new and expecting mothers. The article informs readers that “Earlier this year, an analysis by the CDC Foundation of maternal mortality data from four states identified more than 20 'critical factors' that contributed to pregnancy-related deaths. Among the ones involving providers: lack of standardized policies, inadequate clinical skills, failure to consult specialists and poor coordination of care. The average maternal death had 3.7 critical factors.” 
The United States must address these issues in order to save lives and spare people the pain of losing loved ones. Making sure a new mother can care for her baby is also one of the best ways to help the baby, so that's an added bonus.    The government has not fixed the issue of the high and increasing maternal mortality rate, so we must demand that they do. Sign this petition in order to secure more funding from the government specifically for the care of new and expecting mothers and to encourage hospitals to develop programs that focus medical training on the needs of mothers.