Life and Death in the Delivery Room

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The happiness around childbirth can sometimes make it hard to talk about the grit involved in the delivery.

Nina Martin, a ProPublica reporter covering gender and sexuality, and Renee Montagne, a special correspondent for NPR's Morning Edition, discuss their story about the surprisingly high rate of maternal mortality in the United States.

"We have a very fragmented healthcare system," said Martin. "We don’t pay attention to patients from beginning to end."

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