CDC releases updated Maternal Mortality Review Data Brief

Key findings include the following:

  • Approximately 1 in 3 deaths among women during or within a year of pregnancy were pregnancy-related.
  • Leading causes of death varied by race-ethnicity. Cardiomyopathy and cardiovascular conditions were the two leading underlying causes of pregnancy-related deaths among non-Hispanic Black women. In contrast, mental health conditions (e.g., suicide, overdose) was the leading underlying cause of death among non-Hispanic White women.
  • MMRCs determined that 2 out of 3 deaths were preventable. The percent of deaths determined to be preventable did not significantly differ between non-Hispanic Black and non-Hispanic White women nor between Hispanic and non-Hispanic White women.

Click here to view the MMR Data Brief June 2019 update.