More women die in the United States from childbirth than any other industrialized country as more than 700 American women die and more than 50,000 suffer near-death complications each year. That maternal mortality rate has increased over the last two decades, while the rest of the developed world has seen a decline. The reasons for this disparity are many, ranging from limited access to quality health care and Americans’ declining health to an absence of hospitals protocols on how to handle a potentially life-threatening situation. Soledad O’Brien sits down with maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns and OBGYN Dr. Lisa Gittens-Williams to discuss the scope of this crisis and what Congress can do to fix it.

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