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Pregnant Expatriate

Help ProPublica and NPR Investigate Maternal Mortality

By Amalah

Did you know that American women are more than twice as likely to die of pregnancy and childbirth-related causes as British women, three times as likely as Canadians and six times as likely as Norwegians and Poles?

I…actually didn’t, until I received an important request on behalf of NPR and ProPublica, who are teaming up for deep-dive investigation into why so many American women die — or come close to dying — during pregnancy and childbirth. While other wealthy, modernized countries around the globe continue to see a decrease in their maternal mortality rates, the United States is rising sharply, particularly along racial lines. Black  mothers are three to four times more likely to die (or nearly die) than whites.

What gives, America? What’s going on?

I’ve been asked to share the following questionnaire with you, the readers of Alpha Mom, so you can add your voices and experiences to this special project. Did you or someone you know nearly die from complications during pregnancy or childbirth? Did someone you know actually die? Please consider taking a few minutes to share your story here.

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About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch

Amalah

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to amyadvice@gmail.com.

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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