Questioning Why U.S. Pregnancy Death Rates Are So High

By Catherine J. Frompovich

“More women in the U.S. die from complications related to pregnancy than in any other developed country. To address this alarming fact, the Preeclampsia Foundation has launched a grassroots campaign to secure support for bipartisan legislation titled the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2017, H.R.1318, and the Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2017, S.1112. [….]

“The U.S. ranks 47th globally for its maternal mortality rate, and women die every day in the U.S. due to complications from childbirth.” [….]

“Significant health disparities exist in the U.S.: black women are three to four times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related complication like preeclampsia than white women.” [1]

“From 2010 to 2014, Texas’s maternal mortality rate doubled, according to a study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. Those statistics make us the ignoble leader in maternal death rates not just in the U.S., but also in the entire developed world.” [2]

April 28, 2018 – 11:19 pm

“HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Citing a sharp increase in the number of pregnancy-related deaths, the state Senate has sent Governor Wolf a bill that would create a panel to study the problem.

“Over the span of 14 years, the United States maternal mortality rate has increased by 26 percent,” [Berks County Democrat Judy Schwank said.] “It’s becoming a well-known statistic that women in the United States are more likely to die from childbirth or pregnancy-related causes than other women in the developed world.” [3]

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The above information ought to be alarming to everyone, but especially to the medical profession which seems to be out to lunch about why this relatively new pregnancy statistic is escalating in the United States.

Source: CDC Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System

Nevertheless, everyone should be asking this question: “Is there an anthropogenic-like cause and effect impacting pregnant females regarding those escalating pregnancy-related death rates?” Why include the term “anthropogenic-like”? Because “anthropogenic” means “caused or influenced by humans”!

How can escalating pregnancy-related death rates be caused or influenced by humans? Chemicals!

How are pregnant females impacted by chemicals? In various and sundry ways, but especially by the vaccines the CDC has mandated pregnant females take—something that has been a recent “addition” to prenatal care, but also found to negatively impact pregnancies and fetuses!

A 26% increase in pregnancy and birth deaths in the USA is a totally astounding statistic, especially since the fact the U.S. spends the highest costs per person on healthcare in the developed world! Something is dramatically wrong!

The U.S. spent $8,233 on health per person in 2010. Norway, the Netherlands and Switzerland are the next highest spenders, but in the same year, they all spent at least $3,000 less per person. The average spending on health care among the other 33 developed OECD countries was $3,268 per person.

Article Source: PBS

However, the USA has the highest number of vaccines prescribed and mandated, including for pregnant females, than any country in the developed world! According to the Generation Rescue 2009 “AUTISM AND VACCINES AROUND THE WORLD: Vaccine Schedules, Autism Rates, and Under 5 Mortality” [4] report,

Results: The United States mandates the most vaccines in the Western world (36), double the average of the 30 countries studied (18). All countries with lower vaccine mandates have better under 5 mortality rates and many have materially lower autism rates.

Conclusions: The analysis lends credibility to the relationship between vaccines and autism and challenges the public view of both the Centers for Disease Control and American Academy of Pediatrics that more vaccines is always positive for public health.

Table 1: U.S. MANDATED VACCINES VERSUS OTHER COUNTRIES of the Generation Rescue 2009 report on page 1 has a comprehensive schedule of:

  • The year each vaccine was added to the USA schedule
  • The name of the mandated vaccine
  • Doses given in the USA
  • How many countries of the 30 countries surveyed in the study mandate each vaccine

Check out Table 2 for amazing data on those 30 countries lesser numbers of mandated vaccines!

Now, let’s see what the U.S. CDC did with regard to mandating vaccines for pregnant women, something previously considered not advisable since vaccines are medications pregnant women were not encouraged to take during pregnancy in the past.

According to the CDC “Maternal Vaccination” schedule at Resources for healthcare professionals [5], here are the vaccines to be given to pregnant females DURING pregnancy:

  • Influenza (flu), an inactivated vaccine
  • Tdap, a toxoid / inactivated vaccine
  • Td, a toxoid vaccine, but Tdap is preferred
  • Hepatitis A, an inactivated vaccine, may be recommended
  • Hepatitis B, an inactivated vaccine, may be recommended
  • Meningococcal and Pneumococcal, both inactivated vaccines, since there’s inadequate data for specific recommendation, base decision on risk vs. benefit

According to the European Centre for Prevention and Control [ECPC] website Safety experience of influenza vaccination in pregnant women in the US over a 20-year period,” dated November 5, 2010,

The United States authorities have recommended such routine immunisation of pregnant women in their second and third trimester since 1997 and throughout pregnancy since 2004.

[CJF emphasis]

Therein is a key timeline “correlation and causation” aspect that must be factored into what Pennsylvania Berks County Democrat Judy Schwank said:

Over the span of 14 years, the United States maternal mortality rate has increased by 26 percent,

Fourteen years from 2018, indicates the year 2004! Reread the ECPC statement above “and throughout pregnancy since 2004”? Isn’t that just too coincidental and serendipitous of a timeline NOT to be considered and investigated regarding maternal mortalities?

However, there’s something even more incriminating to add to the mix. It’s the

Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
Workgroup on the Use of Vaccines during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
16 page document

For vaccines where pregnancy is a contraindication: “Women should avoid becoming pregnant until 28 days after vaccination” i. Note: 28 days is the time period that applies to most currently contraindicated vaccines; however if for a particular vaccine product there is evidence for a shorter or longer time period, the 28 days may be modified as needed.

Reference: Pg. 4 of Use of Vaccines during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding (UVDPB)

[In view of that, one has to question the reasoning for this contraindication after vaccination in order to become pregnant, however, getting a vaccine during pregnancy is mandated!]

Additives/adjuvants/preservatives (eg, thimerosal)

o Limited or no safety data on exposure of pregnant women, fetus and newborn to these.

Reference: Pg. 7 UVDPB

[In view of that candid admission about 49.6% ethyl-mercury in thimerosal, why should pregnant females be mandated to take thimerosal-containing vaccines, i.e., flu shots—especially, since there are restrictions on pregnant females eating mercury-containing fish like king mackerel, orange roughy, shark, swordfish, tilefish, and tuna (6)?]

Legal liability 1. National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act

o If covered vaccine properly prepared and accompanied by proper directions and warnings, manufacturer cannot be held liable for injuries.
o Law clearly covers vaccine directly administered to child
o Statute is silent on in utero transmission (eg, adverse effect in fetus whose mother is vaccinated); case law is unclear [CJF emphasis]

Reference: Pg. 9 UVDPB

[In view of the above “statute is silent on in utero transmission” and “case law is unclear,” it is apparent CDC’s insensitive medical directive to pregnant females potentially amounts to “Hari Kiri,” the Japanese term for ritual suicide for either their fetuses or themselves! Note that proper directions and warnings apparently are forfeited because vaccines are labeled as ‘safe’. ]

Consistency with FDA labels

o Majority of labels state “Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when administering vaccine to a nursing woman”

Reference: Pg. 10 UVDPB

[The above is self-explanatory!]

Regulation requires that each product be classified under one of five pregnancy categories (A, B, C, D, or X), on the basis of risk of reproductive and developmental adverse effects or, for certain categories, on the basis of such risk weighed against potential benefit.

Pregnancy category A …. “and the possibility of fetal harm appears remote.”

Pregnancy category B ….

Pregnancy category C …. “Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks OR Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans

Pregnancy category D …. “but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.”

Pregnancy category X …. Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.”

Reference: Pg.11 UVDPB [CJF emphasis]

[The above is candid and self-explanatory; therefore, vaccines are to be contraindicated during any stage of pregnancy!]

However, the FDA says something a little different in FDA Pregnancy Categories!

As a result of the CDC/FDA pregnancy vaccine schedule, there have been serious health repercussions, especially after the 2009 influenza (flu) vaccine was given to pregnant females as verified and reported in numerous media.

One such specifically detailed retrospective study was published by GS Goldman, PhD,

Comparison of VAERS fetal-loss reports during three consecutive influenza seasons

Hum Exp Toxicol. 2013 May; 32(5): 464–475. doi: 10.1177/0960327112455067 also published at .

Was there a synergistic fetal toxicity associated with the two-vaccine 2009/2010 season?

In the above study, we find an analysis of the CDC’s VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System)

VAERS reports

Although there was an approximate fourfold (43%/11.3%) increase in the percentage of pregnant women vaccinated in 2009/2010 compared with 2008/2009, there was a 43.5-fold increase in fetal-loss reports – from 4 in 2008/2009 to 174 in 2009/2010. The report RR of 11.4 (95% CI: 4.2–30.8) of the 2009/2010 rate of 77.8 fetal-loss reports/1 million pregnant women vaccinated to the 2008/2009 report rate of 6.8 fetal-loss reports/1 million pregnant women vaccinated is statistically significant (Table 1).

In the Conclusion to that report, we find significant data sets:

  • The 1.8-fold increase in female AEs reports to VAERS following administration of pandemic A-H1N1 vaccine relative to seasonal TIV in the 2009/2010 influenza season is too small of a Weber-like increased reporting effect to account for the more than 40-fold increase in fetal-loss reports.
  • Thus, the concomitant administration of the seasonal influenza and pandemic A-H1N1 vaccines during 2009/2010 suggests a synergistic toxicity and a statistically significant higher rate of fetal loss reporting relative to the single-dose seasons.


  • Just because a single vaccine has been tested and considered safe does not imply there will not be a synergistic fetal toxicity effect associated with the administration of two or more Thimerosal-containing vaccines to a pregnant women and/or a synergistic toxicity effect from the combination of the biologically active components contained in concomitantly administered vaccines.
  • In addition, because of the order of magnitude increase in fetal-loss report rates, from 6.8 fetal-loss reports per million pregnant women vaccinated in the single-dose 2008/2009 season to 77.8 in the two-dose 2009/2010 season, further long-term studies are needed to assess adverse outcomes in the surviving children.
  • Additional research concerning potential synergistic risk factors associated with the administration of Thimerosal-containing vaccines is warranted, and the exposure-effect association should be verified in further toxicological and case–control studies.

Another online article regarding that 4,250% increase in fetal deaths was reported at as

“4,250% Increase in Fetal Deaths Reported to VAERS After Flu Shot Given to Pregnant Women” November 23, 2012

Notwithstanding, the CDC had to do some damage control. April 11, 2017, the CDC published “Major Birth Defects after Vaccination Reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), 1990 to 2014” wherein they came to this uncanny Conclusion

This review of the VAERS database found that major birth defects were infrequently reported, with no particular condition reported disproportionally. Birth defects after routine maternal vaccination will continue to be monitored in VAERS for signals to prompt future studies. Birth Defects Research 00:000–000, 2017. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. [CJF emphasis]

Is the above tacit acceptance that birth defects just may be ‘normal’ after maternal vaccinations?

All the above must be factored in, plus placed into proper perspective, regarding Dr. Suzanne Humphries, MD, detailed research about the antiquated and skewed ‘medical-consensus science’ approach to immunology and vaccines.

Suzanne Humphries, MD discussion on vaccines
24:38 minute video

The Science Regarding Vaccine Ingredients

Vaccine & Excipient Media Summary
Excipients Included in U.S. Vaccines, by Vaccine

Tomlejenovic L, Shaw CA. Aluminum Vaccine Adjuvants: Are They Safe? Current Medicinal Chemistry 2011; 19(17): 2630-2637.

Aluminum is an experimentally demonstrated neurotoxin and the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant. …. [A]luminum adjuvants have a potential to induce serious immunological disorders in humans. In particular, aluminum in adjuvant form carries a risk for autoimmunity, long-term brain inflammation and associated neurological complications and thus may have profound and widespread adverse health consequences. In our opinion, the possibility that vaccine benefits may have been overrated and the risk of potential adverse effects, has not been rigorously evaluated in the medical and scientific community.


Aluminum in various forms can be toxic to the nervous system.

Krewski D, Yokel RA, Nieboer E et al. Human Health Risk Assessment for Aluminum, Aluminum Oxide, Aluminum Hydroxide. J Toxicol Environ Health B Crit Rev 2007; 10(Suppl 1); 1-269.

Ayoub D Yazbak FE. Influenza vaccination during pregnancy: A critical Assessment of the Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Journal of American Physicians & Surgeons 2006; 11(2): 41-47.

From the article “Vaccination During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?”

Equally shocking is the fact that the U.S. now has the highest first day infant death rate of all industrialized countries55 and ranks number 31 among nations in infant mortality.56 Preterm birth rates have increased 36% since the early 1980s57 and 6 out of every 1,000 babies born alive in America die before their first birthday.58


Is there any wonder why maternal pregnancy death rates are rising in the USA?

Why the dogmatic consensus-science declaration that vaccines are safe cannot be challenged and investigated to disprove that fallacy, since much of CDC/FDA’s vaccine studies are based upon epidemiological studies that are fudged to promote “safety.” That’s a totally illegal paradigm for which both federal agencies should be held accountable and prosecuted.

Something is dramatically wrong since the pregnancy death rate in the USA has more than doubled since 1990! What changed: mandatory vaccinations during pregnancy, that’s what!

However, we have to wonder if a statement made to Constitutional attorney Jonathan Emord is a clue to the ‘raison d’être’ and modus operandi regarding fraudulent vaccine ‘science’ promotion by the CDC/FDA?

An attorney in the FDA Chief Counsel’s office regarding a court order to FDA made this really shocking statement, “Jonathan, the FDA will never abide by the Pearson decision.” 2 Despite Jonathan’s noting it was a final and binding decision—an order of the court—the FDA attorney said, “That may be so, but I am telling you the FDA will never abide by that court decision, never, ever.” 3 Emord tells us, “His words pierced to the very core of my being. Here was an agency’s legal officer telling me that the agency was, intentionally, lawless.”

Emord, JW. Global Censorship of Health Information (Washington, DC: Sentinel Press, 2010) 16.
2 Ibid. 17
3 Ibid. 17
Reference: Vaccines & Vaccinations: The Need for Congressional Investigation (2011)

I send a special word of thanks to Laraine Abbey-Katzev, RN, for sharing and supplying research notes and links.


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Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on

Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on and as a Kindle eBook.

Two of Catherine’s more recent books on are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)

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