Okla. mothers rally to end maternity crisis

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma families joined about 12,000 parents, healthcare providers and advocates in all 50 states at Labor Day rallies around the country to call attention to the crisis in American maternal healthcare.

Supporters of the Rally to Improve Birth are calling for safer birth practices that put women and babies before profits, convenience and liability concerns.

According to officials, Oklahoma’s C-section rate of 32.8 percent is significantly higher than the 15 percent suggested by the World Health Organization.

The United Nations published information showing the U.S. has the highest maternity care costs in the world yet it ranks 45th in maternal safety.

UNICEF officials reported our nation’s maternal death rate is tied with that of Iran and Hungary.