- Rate of U.S. women dying due to pregnancy and childbirth more than doubled in 25 years, per the CDC
- Experts point to factors including obesity, C-sections and record-keeping changes
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(CNN)It's hard to comprehend how the United States, one of the wealthiest nations in the world, is now one of only eight countries -- including Afghanistan and South Sudan -- where the number of women dying as a result of pregnancy and childbirth is going up.