A lot fewer mothers are dying in Texas than we thought. That shouldn’t make anyone feel better

America’s maternal health is the worst in the developed world, and Texas is often cited as the symbol of the problem: With a reported 32.5 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, its situation was long believed to be the worst in the country. When a much-cited paper published in 2016 in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology noted that maternal mortality in Texas had seen a dramatic increase—40% more—between 2010 and 2012, America woke up to the urgency of addressing the maternal...

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