Melissa Reynolds | The Washington Post

Health-care providers have forgotten the central lesson of two millennia of gynecology.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that rates of maternal mortality in the United States — already the highest in the developed world — are on the rise.

In 2019, American women are more than twice as likely to die of pregnancy-related causes than they were in 1987. The effects of this crisis are disproportionately felt by black women, who die at three to four times the rate of white women. Politicians have begun to take action: Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Kamala D. Harris (Calif.) have each introduced new plans to combat rising maternal mortality with federal incentives for hospitals and implicit bias training for medical students.