Maternal Health Crisis Statistics
Below, we have broken up key stats by topic area and included the sources for the information.
The U.S. ranks 47th worldwide and is the only industrialized nation with a rising maternal mortality rate.
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.
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.
The U.S. saw a 24% increase in the maternal mortality rate from 2000 to 2014
About 3 in 5 pregnancy related deaths could be prevented.
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.
Howell EA. Reducing Disparities in Severe Maternal Morbidity and Mortality: Clin Obstet Gynecol. January 2018:1.