The USA has the worst maternal mortality rate of the industrialised world. Funding is being withdrawn from those who were trying to make a difference because of political ideology, and care is hard to come by in many areas. It is hardly surprising this is the case. If a study will convince the policy makers that we are becoming a third world country in this respect, please do it. Funding would be much better spent actually providing the resources to those who are already struggling to give adequate care. Just ask them!