Why Are American Women Dying From Childbirth?

Marianne Ryan PT recently had an article published in the Elephant Journal on the subject of Why are American women dying from childbirth?


Elephant Journal Why are American women dying from childbirth

Maternal Death is measured by the Center for Disease Control from the start of pregnancy to one year after delivery or termination. This number is decreasing in other countries, but rising every year in the US. In 2017, NPR reported that in 2015, US had a maternal death rate of 26.4 deaths per 100,000 live births, while UK had 9.2 and Canada had 7.3.

That means that between 700-900 American women die each year as a result of childbirth!


In the hospital settings the focus of care goes from the mother to the baby after delivery. Women often leave the hospital with detailed instructions on what to do in case the baby gets sick, but not what to do if the mom develops problems.

My advice to all moms, is to try to be actively involved with their own health care. Make sure to keep a record of all your blood tests and blood pressure measurements throughout your entire pregnancy and after delivery. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or to demand extra care when you are not feeling well.

Mothers need to advocate for better health care!

As many of you know, I am an advocate for better health care for postpartum moms and created a program that can be used to help mothers recover from childbirth. Compared to other countries, doctors in the US do not regularly recommend postpartum physical rehabilitation programs. In many European countries, mothers go for physical therapy treatment starting at 6 weeks postpartum to regain the strength in their pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. Most of the women I see in my office are not referred by their doctors, they are coming in because they are doing their own research and feel they deserve medical attention.

So, moms, do your own research and speak to your friends and family about your health. Do not sit back and suffer needlessly. You deserve better ongoing medical care after childbirth!

Read the full article HERE

MARIANNE RYAN PT, OCS is an award-winning author, physical therapist and board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist with more than 30 years’ experience treating prenatal and postpartum women. She is the owner and Clinical Director of Marianne Ryan Physical Therapy in New York City and the creator of the groundbreaking DIY “Baby Bod” program, which is the first of its kind to bridge the gap between medical care and fitness advice. As a leading women’s health expert (and a mom), Marianne is passionate about helping women reclaim their changed bodies, whether they are pregnant, recently took part in the joy of birth or are experiencing the “joy” of menopause. Watch her TEDX video, “What Your Momma Never Told You About Childbirth” at


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