When getting mom and baby to the right hospital is a matter of life or death [centerforhealthjournalism.org]

 

The U.S. has some of the best perinatal care on earth, but kids die before the age of 1 here at a higher rate than the most of the developed world. 

A big part of the problem is that high-risk pregnant women and newborns aren't getting the right care during their time of need. 

That's a problem lawmakers across the country are increasingly trying to address. Indiana, for instance, recently passed a law establishing a system that rates hospitals on the complexity of neonatal and maternal care each can provide. At least 22 states have rating systems for neonatal care, while 17 have them for maternal care, according to the March of Dimes. 

[For more on this story by Giles Bruce, go to https://www.centerforhealthjou...atter-life-or-death?]

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