Paige Winfield Cunningham | The Washington Post

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, delivered her son yesterday in England, one of many developed countries where childbirth-related deaths have steadily fallen for decades.

But the opposite is true in the United States. The country’s maternal mortality rate more than doubled over the past 30 years, especially increasing among African American women — and the troubling trends are capturing increasing attention from policymakers and lawmakers.