Maternal Morbidity & Mortality

Women are the cornerstone of a healthy and prosperous world—we must act now to eliminate preventable deaths and injuries

Two to three women die every day in the United States from complications that occur while giving life. Approximately half of these maternal deaths have been determined to be preventable. African American women have 3-4 times more deaths than women of all other racial/ethnic groups.

Deaths are just the tip of the iceberg.

Every 10 minutes a woman in the United States almost dies of pregnancy-related complications. Postpartum hemorrhage is a leading cause of these complications, with an estimated 2.9% of the women who give birth in the U.S. will bleed too much. This means about 125,000 women a year are affected. In addition, in the last 10 years, there was a 183% increase in the number of women who had a blood transfusion around the time they gave birth.

In 1998-1999 compared to 2008-2009 there was a 75% increase in the number of women who suffered serious injuries while giving birth. The US is one of the only countries where maternal deaths and injuries have increased.

We must act now to eliminate preventable deaths and injuries since women are the cornerstone of a healthy and prosperous world.

Imagine a world where no mother needlessly dies or is injured when giving birth and where all women can make informed choices about their health. AWHONN is working to make this vision a reality. Stay tuned for more information on our efforts and how you can join the effort, feel free to contact us

The United States is ranked 47th in the world for maternal mortality.


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