September 20, 2022
Public Health/Prevention
  • New Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data found that more than 80 percent of pregnancy-related deaths that occurred between 2017 and 2019 were preventable. Twenty-two percent of pregnancy-related deaths took place during pregnancy, 25 percent occurred on the day of delivery or within a week after, and 53 percent occurred between a week and a year of giving birth. Researchers uncovered six underlying causes accounted for the majority of fatalities: mental health conditions, hemorrhaging, heart problems, infections, blood clots, and cardiomyopathy. The leading causes varied by race and ethnicity. (Data here)