Please read this article, the feature article in Harper's Bazaar, and share with friends, " My Wife DIed After Giving BIrth." According to the article, "the rate of maternal death related to pregnancy or birth almost doubled between 1990 and 2005." 1 Midwives help lower the rate of maternal death by checking in on mom regularly during the immediate post-partum period (and by having a low cesarean rate!).
Jenna Gabrial Gallagher, "My Wife Died After Giving BIrth" Harper's Bazaar, online, http://www.harpersbazaar.com/magazine/feature-articles/wife-died-after-c