Mortality Rate Increases Among Pregnant & Postpartum Women

Published on: February 09, 2023.

The United States maternal mortality death rate in 2020 was more than three times the rate of most other high-income countries. The reasons behind this include inadequate prenatal care, rates of cesarean section, and socioeconomic inequalities. Additionally, mortality rates among pregnant and postpartum women increased from 2019 to 2020, with disproportionate fatalities faced by American Indian/Alaska Native and Black women.

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Howard JT, Perrotte JK, Leong C, Grigsby TJ, Howard KJ. Evaluation of All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality by Race and Ethnicity Among Pregnant and Recently Pregnant Women in the US, 2019 to 2020. JAMA Netw Open. 2023;6(1):e2253280. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.53280


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