What is this report?
A report of data from nine states using a standard data-collection system provides an in-depth analysis of causes of death, preventability and specific recommendations for action.
• It confirms that most pregnancy-related deaths are preventable and highlights key opportunities for prevention.
• Nearly half of all pregnancy-related deaths were caused by hemorrhage, cardiovascular and coronary conditions, cardiomyopathy or infection.
• Causes of death differ by race, which highlights unique opportunities for prevention.
• Mental health conditions are a leading cause of death, and also an important contributor.
• It offers prevention recommendations based on review committee findings and suggests that implementing recommended actions could have an enormous impact on preventing maternal mortality.