SMFM Scorecard: 2018 — 2019
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 five 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;
- reporting of data stratified by race and ethnicity; and
- participation in the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) program.
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 and
- standardize data collection related to maternal morbidity and mortality.
SMFM examined five criteria related to maternal mortality for each state and the District of Columbia. States that met all five of the criteria are the lightest shade on the map; those states that met none of the criteria are the darkest. Learn more about the sources and methodology behind scorecard.
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