Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Advocates

Maternal Health Crisis

Statistics

General Stats

The U.S. ranks 47th worldwide in maternal mortality and is the only industrialized nation with a rising maternal mortality rate.

Source:

MacDorman MF, Declercq E, Cabral H, et al. Is the United States Maternal Mortality Rate Increasing? Disentangling trends from measurement issues Short title: U.S. Maternal Mortality Trends. Obstet Gynecol. 2016;128(3):447-455.

Racial Disparity Stats

Black women are four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications in the U.S.


For every 18 white women, there are 44 black women who die from childbirth-related causes.

Sources:

Hoyert DL. Maternal mortality rates in the United States, 2019. NCHS Health E-Stats. 2021. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15620/cdc:103855. Published March 23, 2021. Last accessed April 2021.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System. https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternal-mortality/pregnancy-mortality-surveillance-system.htm. Published February 4, 2020. Last accessed April 2021


Petersen EE. Pregnancy-Related Deaths, United States, 2011–2015, and Strategies for Prevention, 13 States, 2013–2017. Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2019;68. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6818e1.htm. Last accessed June 2020.

Maternal Mortality Stats

Approximately 700 women die each year in the U.S. due to pregnancy or childbirth complications​.

Two women die in childbirth almost every day in America. Over 700 a year.

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The U.S. saw a 24% increase in the maternal mortality rate from 2000 to 2014.

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About 3 in 5 pregnancy related deaths could be prevented.

Sources:

Hoyert DL. Maternal mortality rates in the United States, 2019. NCHS Health E-Stats. 2021. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15620/cdc:103855. Published March 23, 2021. Last accessed April 2021.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System. https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternal-mortality/pregnancy-mortality-surveillance-

system.htm. Published February 4, 2020. Last accessed April 2021


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vital Signs Pregnancy Related Deaths https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/maternal-deaths/index.html Published May 2019. Last accessed April 2021

Maternal Morbidity Stats

For every maternal death, an estimated 85 other women suffer severe complications of pregnancy or childbirth. ​

About 164 women per day — 60,000 per year — suffer severe complications or life-threatening injuries.

Sources:

Severe Maternal Morbidity in the United States. https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/severematernalmorbidity.html. Published January 31, 2020. Last accessed April 2021.


Howell EA. Reducing Disparities in Severe Maternal Morbidity and Mortality: Clin Obstet Gynecol. January 2018:1.

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