CDC Vital Signs

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Pregnancy-related deaths

Saving women’s lives before, during and after delivery

Photo of a pregnant woman laying down and a female doctor examining her abdomen (belly).

About 700 women die from pregnancy-related complications each year in the US.
About 700 women die from pregnancy-related complications each year in the US.

About 3 in 5 pregnancy-related deaths could be prevented.
About 3 in 5 pregnancy-related deaths could be prevented.

About 1 in 3 pregnancy-related deaths occur 1 week to 1 year after delivery.

About 1 in 3 pregnancy-related deaths occur 1 week to 1 year after delivery.

About Vital Signs

The CDC Vital Signs monthly report was launched in 2010. It includes a MMWR Early Release, a graphic fact sheet and website, a media release, and social media tools. Most of the materials are available in English and Spanish.

Vital Signs reports cover an important health threat and what can be done to drive down the disease. Past topics have included cancer screening, alcohol and tobacco use, HIV testing, motor vehicle safety, cardiovascular disease, healthcare-associated infections, and foodborne disease.

Please sign up to get Vital Signs through email each month at Vital Signs. Feel free to share CDC Vital Signs information broadly with your partners. Take advantage of CDC’s social media tools, such as the CDC Vital Signs buttons and email updates. You can have CDC Vital Signs reports sent directly to your own website to display through our content syndication service.

Page last reviewed: March 18, 2019
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