File This Under (Yet Another Reason) We Need Women In Leadership: Death

I learned today that the U.S. has the highest maternal death rate in the developed world. 

....REPEAT: THE HIGHEST MATERNAL DEATH.  

Add 'Maternal Death' to the long list of reasons I founded The Forem.  When I read stories like this, at first I feel sad, then angry and then, most importantly determined. I work even harder, wake up earlier, stay up later and try to scale faster because frankly, this is bullsh*t.  We need better policy's to protect women (more women in government) and better healthcare to protect women (more women leading insurance companies, hospitals, medical schools, research & boards).  

Highlights from NPR:

NPR and ProPublica teamed up for a six-month long investigation on maternal mortality in the U.S

  • More American women are dying of pregnancy-related complications than any other developed country. Only in the U.S. has the rate of women who die been rising.

  • There's a hodgepodge of hospital protocols for dealing with potentially fatal complications, allowing for treatable complications to become lethal.

  • Hospitals — including those with intensive care units for newborns — can be woefully unprepared for a maternal emergency.

  • Federal and state funding show only 6 percent of block grants for "maternal and child health" actually go to the health of mothers.

  • In the U.S, some doctors entering the growing specialty of maternal-fetal medicine were able to complete that training without ever spending time in a labor-delivery unit.

Let's change the world one woman at a time.