Interview with Nathanael Johnson about sharp rise in maternal mortality rates

If you are expecting a baby, take a deep breath before listening to this report, which is a good idea to practice if you are pregnant anyway.

Deaths as a result of childbirth have risen in California dramatically over the past decade, though the numbers of women dying are still small--about 95 in 2006. But, that is the most significant spike in pregnancy-related deaths since the 1930s--and the maternal mortality rate has almost tripled over a ten-year period. 

Host Holly Kernan speaks with KALW's Nathanael Johnson, who broke the story today for, a project of the Center for Investigative Reporting.