Photo by @lynseyaddario | Nicole Black holds her grandson Jacob Flowers. A week after Jacob’s birth by C-section, his mother, Crystle Galloway, developed complications. Black called 911, but her daughter was not transported to the hospital by ambulance. Black drove her there instead. Galloway died five days later. Black’s hand rests on the urn containing her daughter’s ashes. The responding medics were disciplined for not following standard operating procedures, and one was fired. During my career as a photojournalist I have documented maternal mortality across the developing world, but for my most recent @natgeo story, ‘Giving Life Can Still Be Deadly,’ I spent several months focusing on this issue at home in the U.S. and in Somaliland. The U.S. is one of only two developed countries where the rate of women dying from pregnancy has gotten worse since 1990. The rate of maternal deaths remains stubbornly high in the United States: about 14 deaths for every 100,000 live births. Black mothers are particularly at risk. Better basic care could help, as it has in the developing world.