Public Release: 10-Aug-2016
US maternal mortality rates higher than reported, BU study finds
Boston University Medical Center
Despite the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of a 75 percent reduction in maternal deaths by 2015, the estimated maternal mortality rate for 48 U.S. states and the District of Columbia actually increased by 26.6 percent from 2000 to 2014, according to a new study co-authored by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers.
The study, published online in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, found that the estimated maternal mortality rate in the U.S., excluding California and Texas, was 23.8 per 100,000 live births in 2014- up from 18.8 in 2000.
The study found that earlier estimates significantly underreported maternal deaths, largely because of delays in some states’ adoption of a ‘pregnancy question’ on standard death certificates. Because of those delays and resulting discrepancies, the U.S. has not published an official…
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