2011-2013 Pregnancy-Related Mortality in the U.S. Findings

Published Date: 
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Issue: 
No.196
Category: 
Resources, Reports, Research

A new report published in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pregnancy-Related Mortality in the United States, 2011-2013, provides the most recent information on pregnancy-related deaths in the United States. Utilizing 2011-2013 data from the Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System (PMSS), CDC scientists examined characteristics and causes of pregnancy-related deaths in the United States. The principal findings include the following:

  • “In 2013, there were about 17 pregnancy-related deaths per 100,000 live births in the United States.
  • Black women are about 3 to 4 times more likely to die from pregnancy complications than white women.
  • Cardiovascular conditions make up about one quarter of all pregnancy-related deaths.”

States can also use data from maternal mortality review committees to develop data-driven recommendations for the prevention of maternal deaths. 

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