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Women in the United States are more likely to die from childbirth or pregnancy-related causes than other women in high-income countries. More evidence is needed to understand the actual causes of death better, but research suggests that half of these deaths may be preventable. Racial disparities persist. The risk of pregnancy-related deaths for black women is three to four times higher than those of white women.

Watch this session of Grand Rounds to learn about efforts to analyze and prevent future deaths. Hear our speakers discuss the effects maternal deaths have on the family and on the community. You will also learn about how CDC has collaborated and intervened through public-private partnership efforts to prevent deaths associated with childbirth and pregnancy.

Beyond the Data

Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Michael Lu discuss why more than 700 women in the US die each year from complications during pregnancy and childbirth and how to prevent these deaths.

Presented By

Eleni Z. Tsigas, BA
CEO
Preeclampsia Foundation
"Maternal Mortality Beyond the Numbers"
William Callaghan, MD, MPH
Chief, Maternal and Infant Health Branch, Division of Reproductive Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC
"Accounting for Maternal Deaths: Action Requires Better Data"
Lisa M. Hollier, MD, MPH, FACOG
President-elect, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists;
Chair, Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force;
Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

"Policies and Practices to Protect Lives of Pregnant Women, Mothers and Mothers to Be"
Mary-Ann Etiebet, MD, MBA
Executive Director, Merck for Mothers
Merck
"The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Generating Evidence for High-Impact Solutions"

Facilitated By

John Iskander, MD, MPH
Scientific Director
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH
Deputy Scientific Director
Susan Laird, MSN, RN
Communications Director

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Continuing Education

This session is available for Continuing Education (CE). Register here using the course information below.

CDC Course Code: PHGR10
CPE UAN (enduring): 0387-0000-17-025-H04-P

For more information, see Grand Rounds Continuing Education.

  • Page last reviewed: February 28, 2018
  • Page last updated: February 28, 2018
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