No Child or Mother Left Behind; Implications for the US from Cuba's Maternity Homes

Michelle Bragg, Taraneh R. Salke, Carol P. Cotton & Debra Anne Jones
Background: Cuba, a �resource-poor� country, provides high-quality, free maternal care despite relatively low per capita health expenditures in comparison to similar expenditures in �resource rich� nations such as Canada and the US. This paper assesses maternal and child healthcare in Cuba, details the system of community-based regional maternity homes, and outlines specific recommendations for the US. Methods: Based on observations during a visit to Cuba, and supplemental research on international health expenditures and health indicators...