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-childbirth-0909.