Did you see that Amnesty International updated their publication Deadly Delivery? Things continue to not look very good. The US now ranks 50th instead of 41st in terms of worldwide maternal mortality. We continue to fail women of color and women living in low-income areas. And, for the 13th year in a row, our rates of cesarean birth have risen and now are at an all time high of 32.9% (as of 2009). Fully one third of all babies in the US are born via surgical incision instead of the time-tested vaginal route.
Da Midwif at Midwives of Color gives a poignant overview here.