The Facts

Every day in the united states, we lose 2 women due to maternal death.

98% of these deaths are preventable.

More than 50,000 women a year in the united states experience severe maternal morbidity

Maternal death is defined as 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 cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management, but not from accidental or incidental causes.


maternal morbidity (maternal near-miss) is defined as a woman who nearly died but survived a complication that occurred during pregnancy, childbirth or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy. In practical terms, women are considered near miss cases when they survive life-threatening conditions.

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