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States with the Highest Maternal Mortality Rates

Each year, approximately 700 women die of pregnancy-related complications in the United States. Death may be caused by postpartum hemorrhage, preeclampsia, pulmonary embolism, cardiac arrest, infection, amniotic fluid embolism, or other complications. According to data recently released by U.S. News and World Report, certain states in the nation have much higher maternal death rates than other states.

In 2018, a USA Today investigation suggested that more women are dying due to childbirth complications in the United States than any other country in the developed world. Maternal mortality rates in some states are so high, they match those of developing countries. For example, between 2011 and 2015, Georgia, Louisiana and Indiana all had average rates above 40 deaths per 100,000 live births—well above the 2014 overall U.S. average of 18 deaths per 100,000 live births. These statistics put these three U.S. states on par with the maternal death rates in Malaysia, Turkmenistan and Cabo Verde.

There are also alarming rates of maternal deaths amongst women of color. In Louisiana, maternal death occurs two and a half times more frequently amongst black women than white women. In Georgia, for every100,000 live births, 66.6 black women die due to childbirth complications, compared to 43.2 white women. Age can also play a role in maternal death: Georgia mothers in the age bracket of 35-44 had the highest maternal death rate, with nearly 90 deaths per 100,000 live births.

According to the report, California, Massachusetts and Nevada have the three lowest rates of maternal death in the nation, at 4.5, 6.1 and 6.2 deaths per 100,000 live births, respectively.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a pregnancy-related death as “the death of a woman while pregnant or within 1 year of the end of a pregnancy–regardless of the outcome, duration or site of the pregnancy–from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management…” The CDC calculates pregnancy-related mortality ratios to estimate the number of pregnancy-related deaths for every 100,000 live births. Since the CDC started surveilling this data in the late 1980s, the number of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. has more than doubled, from 7.2 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1987 to 17.2 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2015. While the reason for this troubling increase is not entirely clear, hemorrhaging and high blood pressure—two largely preventable causes of maternal death—have been cited as leading causes of maternal death.

If you believe your loved one died due to medical negligence during her pregnancy, labor, childbirth or the postpartum period, please contact us at 877-262-9767.

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The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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