4 out of 5 pregnancy-related deaths in the US are preventable, CDC finds


The vast majority of deaths among pregnant women and new mothers in the United States are preventable, according to a new report.

For more than 4 out of 5 women who died during pregnancy, during delivery or up to a year postpartum – more than 84% – death could have been avoided with “reasonable changes” by health care providers, the community, the patient or others.

The data, published Monday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is based on detailed assessments of more than 1,000 pregnancy-related deaths between 2017 and 2019.

The analysis captures a period of time before the Covid-19 pandemic and before the US Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade and the federal right to an abortion. Since then, maternal mortality in the US has gotten worse.

A study published in June found that maternal mortality spiked in…

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