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Pregnancy-related death rate on the rise in California

San Francisco Chronicle, February 3, 2010

The mortality rate of California women who die from causes directly related to pregnancy has nearly tripled in the past decade, prompting doctors to worry about the dangers of obesity in expectant mothers and about medical complications of cesarean sections, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The problem may be occurring nationwide. The Joint Commission issued an alert to hospitals on Jan. 26, stating: "Unfortunately, current trends and evidence suggest that maternal mortality rates may be increasing."