Maternal mortality rates have been increasing nationwide, but if Texas was a country, it would have the highest in the developed world.

For the first five years of the new millennium, Texas maternal deaths were steady, hovering at around 18 deaths per 100,000 births. From 2011 to 2014, however, the number doubled. During recent years, more than 600 Texas women have died from complications around childbirth.

Health-care experts know the factors that lead to maternal health: good access to care, adequate funding of services and the general health of the larger population. Texas ranks near the bottom on nearly every one of these metrics.

SOURCE:, May 1, 2017