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.
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