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US maternal mortality rate on the uptick — 6 statistics

From 2000 to 2014, the estimated maternal mortality rates for 48 states as well as Washington, D.C., increased, according to a National Center for Biotechnology Information analysis.

In 2003, The United States added a pregnancy question to the U.S. standard death certificate in 2003 to improve ascertainment of maternal deaths. However, some states delayed implementing the question into the certificate, which led to “data incompatibilities and impeded accurate trend analysis.”

Here are six statistics:

1. In 2000, the maternal mortality rate in the United States was 9.8 deaths per 100,000 live births.

2. This figure more than doubled to 21.5 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2014.

3. The adjusted maternal morality rate increased slower for a cohort of 24 states and Washington D.C. These states only included a pregnancy question after they revised their death certificates in 2003. The rate for this cohort was 18.2 deaths in 2000.

4. In this group, the figure increased to 22.8 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2014.

5. Group two included states that had a non-standard pregnancy question prior to revision, and revised to the U.S. standard. This group had an adjusted maternal mortality rate of 18.4 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2000.

6. For group two, this figure jumped to 24.5 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2014.

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