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Maternal Health Awareness Alert

Pregnancy and delivery can impact maternal health and wellness for up to one year and beyond.



  • Maternal mortality is defined as the death of a woman during pregnancy, at delivery, or soon after delivery through one year following the end of a pregnancy.
  • Approximately 700 women die each year in the United States as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications.
  • Nearly 50% of these deaths occur post discharge from the hospital through one year postpartum.
  • Black women are 3-4 times more likely to die then white women
  • Cardiovascular conditions (such as myocardial infarction, aortic dissection, and cardiomyopathy), hemorrhage, infection, embolism, mental health conditions, and preeclampsia/eclampsia account for nearly 75% of pregnancy-related deaths.



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