The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reviewed data about maternal deaths (2008-2017). The leading causes of pregnancy-related deaths varied by race/ethnicity with cardiomyopathy as the leading cause of death for non-Hispanic Black women and mental health conditions as the leading cause of death for non-Hispanic White women.
The CDC’s Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRCs) are multi-disciplinary committees that convene at the state or local level to comprehensively review deaths of women during or within a year of pregnancy. A total of 14 MMRC’s shared 2008-2017 data with the CDC.
Among 1,404 deaths to women during or within a year of pregnancy, 454 (32%) were determined to be pregnancy-related. Of these, 233 (66%) were determined to be preventable.
- 24% of deaths occurred during pregnancy
- 34% of deaths occurred on the day of delivery or within a week after delivery
- 19% of deaths occurred between 7-42 days postpartum
- 24% of deaths occurred between 43-365 days postpartum
The following conditions combined to cause 75% of deaths:
- Cardiovascular conditions
- Mental health conditions
- Preeclampsia and Eclampsia
Read the full report HERE.