For the first time in decades, the maternal mortality has declined significantly. More access to prenatal care, fewer pregnancies worldwide, and improvements in large countries like China and India have all contributed to the improved numbers. However, some experts are concerned that the report, published in the journal, Lancet, may distract from work that still needs to be done.
We're joined by Denise Grady, reporter for The New York Times and Dr. Flavia Bustreo, director of the Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health. They maintain that this positive news means that efforts are working and should continue to be applied, and redoubled in countries with high mortality rates.