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Fast Facts

New to maternal mortality review committees?

Watch this video to learn the key steps MMRCs go through in identifying and recommending strategies for eliminating preventable maternal deaths.


Fast Fact #1

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Maternal mortality in the United States continues to increase. There is no one cause for the increase.

Fast Fact #2

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There are two national systems of maternal mortality surveillance, both administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Fast Fact #3

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According to the CDC Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System, pregnancy-related deaths increased from 7 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1987 to nearly 16 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2012.

Fast Fact #4

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Data from the CDC Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System indicate that pregnancy-related mortality in the United States increased by 20% between 2000 and 2013. 

Fast Fact #5

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A state maternal mortality review process is vital to understanding why women are dying during pregnancy, childbirth, and the year postpartum.

Fast Fact #6

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Approximately half the states in the U.S. have a comprehensive maternal mortality review process.