News on Maternal Mortality from Stanford and NIH

  • This week, NIH and Stanford University School of Medicine released an analysis of nearly 20 years of California hospital records which found that racial and ethnic disparities in severe maternal morbidity have persisted and increased at high rates among U.S. women. The study found highest morbidity – life-threatening maternal complications – among non-Hispanic black women, followed by non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Native women, non-Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islander women, and Hispanic women. During the study period, severe maternal morbidity increased roughly 170 percent for each group.

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