Detroit’s maternal death rate triple the nation’s – higher than in Libya, Uruguay or Vietnam

Detroit women are dying from pregnancy-related causes at a rate three times greater than for the nation.

Experts blame the same combination of medical conditions and social toxins that kills Detroit babies at a frequency that is the worst of America’s big cities, and even some Third World countries.

Data from the state Department of Community Health show at least six Detroit moms died yearly, on average, as a direct result of pregnancy or childbirth from 2008-11 — a total of 26 maternal deaths in that period. That translates to a maternal death rate of 58.7 per 100,000 babies — higher than in Libya, Uruguay or Vietnam.