About 700 women die each year in the United States from complications of pregnancy. American Indian, Alaska Native, and Black women are 2 to 3 times more likely to die from these complications than white women. More and better data can help us understand how to prevent pregnancy-related deaths, ensure the best possible birth outcomes, and work to eliminate health disparities.
CDC’s Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System conducts national surveillance of pregnancy-related deaths in the United States, and its Enhancing Reviews and Surveillance to Eliminate Maternal Mortality (ERASE MM) program supports agencies and organizations that coordinate and manage Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRCs).
Data from MMRCs provide a deeper understanding of the circumstances surrounding each death to guide recommendations at the patient, provider, facility, system, and community level to prevent future deaths.
The Maternal Mortality Review Information Application pdf icon[PDF] (MMRIA) provides a standardized approach at the state level and brings together information across MMRCs to have a better picture of what is happening throughout the country.