After visiting a birthing center, which she liked, Diyasha decided to give birth at home. "If you're only going to be there for a few hours after the baby, and then go home, I would rather just have my baby at home," she said.
As for maternal mortality rates, in 2018, the US was ranked as having the highest rate of all developed countries with 17.4 deaths per 100,000 live births. It's also the only industrialized nation that had a rising maternal mortality rate from 1990 to 2015. For context, France had the second-highest rate with 8.7 deaths per 100,000 live births, while New Zealand had the lowest rate with 1.7 deaths per 100,000 live births.
More specifically, the CDC found that 40.8 Black women die per 100,000 live births, while 13 white women die per 100,000 live births in the US, making Black women three to four times more likely than white women to suffer a pregnancy-related death.