It is in the very low bracket, so low in fact — and I covered this in a comment on my piece on the Texas rate jump — that researchers studying rates in the US had to break the country into regions. Only Texas and California had a large enough population so that there was a statistically measurable number of maternal deaths to study those states individually. This is not to dismiss the issue, but to recognize that the panic tenor of the trending stories is damaging.

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