Maternal Mortality in the United States: A Review of Contemporary Data and Their Limitations

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Abstract

This article provides a review ofmaternal mortality data and their limitations in the United States. National maternal mortality data, which rely heavily on vital statistics, document that the risk of death from pregnancy- related causes has not declined for >25 years and that striking racial disparities persist. State-based maternal mortality reviews, functional inmany states, obtain detailed information on medical and nonmedical factors contributing to maternal deaths. Without this detailed knowledge from state-level data and without addressing recognized quality problems with vital statistics data at the nationallevel, we will have difficulty understanding maternal death trends and preventing future such deaths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-306
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume61
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • death certificates
  • epidemiology
  • maternal mortality
  • surveillance
  • United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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