As an expectant mother, when you discover that you are pregnant, your focus is likely on the health of your child and less on your own health. You want your child to be healthy and for minimal childbirth complications.
In the past decade, however, the focus on infant well-being has drawn attention away from maternal health. The story of neonatal intensive care nurse Lauren Bloomstein was recently featured in an in depth analysis of maternal mortality rates in the United States. While most of the developed world saw a decline in maternal mortality, maternal mortality rates in the U.S. continue to rise at an unacceptable rate.