The rate moderately rose between 2000 and 2010, but saw a significant increase between 2011 and 2012.
Findings of the study, published in the latest issue of the Obstetrics and Gynecology journal, shows the maternal mortality rate across the US increased between 2000 and 2014, while the rest of the world had successfully reduced its rate during this time.
While California’s rates declined, Texas was highlighted as a ‘special concern’ where maternal deaths per 100,000 births rose to 23.8% in 2014 from 18.8% in 2010.
In response to the study, health professionals blamed republican-led budget cuts which affected maternity services in Texas.
$73.6 million from the state’s family planning budget was cut from the $111.5 million originally available in 2011, which occurred about the same time when maternal mortality rates began to rise.
However, in 2013 Texas replaced funds in the family planning budget, but healthcare professionals who survived the cuts reportedly struggled to restore services to their original levels.
Authors of the study said: “There is a need to redouble efforts to prevent maternal deaths and improve maternity care for the 4 million US women giving birth each year.”
Involved in the study were researchers from the University of Maryland, Boston University’s School of Public Health and Stanford University’s Medical School have said further studies should be conducted.
An abstract of the study can be found here.
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