Being a mother isn’t easy in the United States, and it starts in the when the stick turns colors.

Years ago, when my sister gave birth to her first child there were complications. Her second child’s birth was more of the same. Luckily everyone was healthy and fine in the end, but it did give me confidence in my choice to forever remain childfree. Years later, these events caused me to roll my eyes in the, "Tell me something I don’t know," kind of way as I read a National Geographic article titled "American women are still dying at alarming rates while giving birth."