Pregnancy-Related Mortality Surveillance: United States, 1991-1999
Publication Year: 2003
The risk of death from complications of pregnancy has decreased approximately 99% during the twentieth century, from approximately 850 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 1900 to 7.5 in 1982. However, since 1982, no further decrease has occurred in maternal mortality in the United States. In addition, racial disparity in pregnancy-related mortality ratios persists; since 1940, mortality ratios among blacks have been at least three to four times higher than those for whites. This report summarizes surveillance data for pregnancy-related deaths in the United States for 1991-1999.
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