Maternal Mortality Reports and Articles

At a glance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works with maternal mortality review committees (MMRCs) and other partners to improve review processes that inform recommendations for preventing future deaths. Find current and past reports and articles related to preventing maternal mortality below.

Maternal mortality reports and articles.


Merkt, Pt, Kramer M, Goodman D et al. Urban-rural differences in pregnancy-related deaths, United States, 2011–2016, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2021; 225(2): 183.e1–183.e16.

Trost SL, Beauregard J, Petersen EE, et al. Identifying deaths during and after pregnancy: new approaches to a perennial challenge. Public Health Rep. 2023;138(4):567–572.

Barrera C, Kramer MR, Merkt PT, et al. County-level associations between pregnancy-related mortality ratios and contextual sociospatial indicators. Obstet Gynecol. 2022;139(5):855–865.

Parker-Collins W, Njie F, Goodman D et al. Pregnancy-Related Deaths by Hispanic Origin, United States, 2009–2018 Journal of Women's Health 2023 32:12, 1320–1327

Trost SL, Beauregard JL, Smoots AN, et al. Preventing pregnancy-related mental health deaths: insights from 14 US maternal mortality review committees, 2008-17. Health Aff (Millwood). 2021;40(10):1551–1559. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2021.00615

Callahan T, Zaharatos J, St Pierre A, et al. Enhancing reviews and surveillance to eliminate maternal mortality. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2021;30(8):1068–1073.

Kramer M, Strahan A, Preslar J, et al. Changing the conversation: applying a health equity framework to maternal mortality reviews. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2019;221(6):609.e1–609.e9.

St Pierre A, Zaharatos J, Goodman D, et al. Challenges and opportunities in identifying, reviewing, and preventing maternal deaths. Obstet Gynecol. 2018;131(1):138–142.

Zaharatos J, St Pierre A, Cornell A, et al. Building U.S. capacity to review and prevent maternal deaths. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2018;27(1):1–5.

Shellhaas CS, Zaharatos J, Clayton L, et al. Examination of a death due to cardiomyopathy by a maternal mortality review committee. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2019;221(1):1–8.