16-17 per 100, 000. Published in the Lancet journal in 2010, the rate of maternal death in the US was 16.7 per 100, 000 live births. Ranked 39th in the world, the higher mortality is probably linked to older age and obesity.
12.7 per 100000. The latest data I could find was from 2007 when 12.7 maternal deaths occurred for every 100, 000 live births. That amounts to about 568 mothers that year. The lowest rate before 2007 was in 1987 when it was 6.6 deaths per 100, 000 live births. In 1950 it was 83.3 deaths per 100, 000 live births.
Should people be scared about having a baby? How many women die in pregnancy and childbirth in the u.S.?
Very rare! Maternal mortality is rare in the U.S. So low that it is expressed as deaths per every 100, 000 live births! Due to prenatal care, modern anesthesia and blood banks, most women survive even complicated pregnancies. If considering pregnancy, talk to your obgyn. Your particular fears and relative risk can be assessed at that time. Good luck!