Why Texas Is the Most Dangerous U.S. State to Have a Baby

May 4, 2017

A few years ago, after more than two decades as a gynecologist taking care of low-income women in Texas, Lisa Hollier began to see something unexpected and disturbing. The number of maternal deaths — women dying in pregnancy, childbirth or the first few postpartum weeks — was spiking. The numbers were far above those in any other state — in fact, they were not normal for any country in the developed world.