Equity & Maternal Health: Individuals’ Needs & Societal Challenges
Why Maternal Health? The United States has the highest rates of maternal mortality and morbidity among all developed countries. In 2020, the maternal mortality rate in the United States was 23.8 per 100,000 live births1 and an estimated 50,000-60,000 pregnant people experienced severe maternal morbidity. 2 Within the United States, there are significant disparities in
Maternal Mortality Rates in the United States, 2021
This report presents maternal mortality rates for 2021 based on data from the National Vital Statistics System. A maternal death is defined by the World Health Organization as “the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and the site of the pregnancy, from any
Pregnancy-Related Deaths: Data from Maternal Mortality Review Committees in 36 US States, 2017–2019
Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRCs) are multidisciplinary committees that convene at the state or local level to comprehensively review deaths during or within a year of pregnancy (pregnancy-associated deaths). MMRCs have access to clinical and non-clinical information (e.g., vital records, medical records, social service records) to more fully understand the circumstances surrounding each death, determine
Medicaid Expansion Led To Reductions In Postpartum Hospitalizations
The Impact of a Population-Based System of Care Intervention on Enhanced Prenatal Care and Service Utilization Among Medicaid-Insured Pregnant Women
Introduction: Enhanced prenatal/postnatal care home visiting programs for Medicaid-insured women have significant positive impacts on care and health outcomes. However, enhanced prenatal care participation rates are typically low, enrolling <30% of eligible women. This study investigates the impacts of a population-based systems approach on timely enhanced prenatal care participation and other healthcare utilization.
Toward Fulfilling the Dream: Reflections on Dr. King’s Legacy
Nearly 60 years ago, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. presented an unclouded vision, one that challenged U.S. society to pursue racial justice, at its roots. He called for the dismantling of systems that work to uphold inequity and injustice, as Black and Brown people could not, and still cannot, do this work alone.