Deaths from childbirth have been steadily decreasing in much of the developed world, including Germany, Britain and Japan, but the U.S. is moving in the opposite direction. It wasn’t always this way: throughout most of the 20th century maternal deaths in the U.S. declined. By 1987 fewer than eight women died out of 100,000 live births. However, by 2013 the maternal death rate had risen to 18.5 women for every 100,000 births. We like to think we have the best health care system in the world, so what’s going on? Read this article from the Economist for more.