Progress Toward Reducing Maternal Mortality
Maternal mortality rates in the United States are rising. The U.S. has the highest rate of maternal death among developed nations with significant racial disparities and large differences in rates between states. SMFM has identified four important ways that states are addressing the rising rates of maternal mortality:
- establishment of maternal mortality review committees;
- establishment of perinatal quality collaboratives;
- expansion of Medicaid; and
- reporting of data stratified by race and ethnicity.
The map showcases states that have implemented these system-level changes. CLICK on a state for information on steps being taken to address maternal mortality and racial disparities.
SMFM advocates for federal and state-level policy changes that
- improve access to maternity care benefits,
- reduce health care disparities
- standardize data collection related to maternal morbidity and mortality
SMFM examined four criteria related to maternal mortality for each state and the District of Columbia. States that met all four of the criteria are the lightest shade on the map; those states that met none of the criteria are the darkest.
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