The U.S. maternal mortality rate increased to 32.9 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2021 from 23.8 in 2020, according to data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The maternal mortality rate for Black women was nearly three times the rate for white women. Mortality rates increased with maternal age, with the rate for women aged 40 and over nearly seven times higher than the rate for women under 25.

AHA is committed to safeguarding mothers and babies by eliminating maternal mortality and reducing maternal morbidity. For more on members’ efforts, including case studies, podcasts, webinars and other resources, visit AHA’s Better Health for Mothers and Babies webpage.

Related News Articles

Blog
Since 2018, Black Maternal Health Week has been a national observance from April 11–17. This annual observance was created by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance…
Headline
Two caregivers discuss how Colorado’s San Luis Valley Hospital creatively maximizes its resources to continue to deliver obstetric services to the families and…
Headline
As part of a yearlong series devoted to rural hospitals and health systems in America, two experts from Intermountain Health discuss their "First 1,000 Days of…
Headline
The House March 5 voted 382-12 to pass the AHA-supported Preventing Maternal Deaths Reauthorization Act (H.R. 3838), bipartisan legislation that would…
Headline
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Feb. 29 held a hearing on legislative proposals to expand access to treatment for patients with rare…
Headline
Part of a special series exploring how hospitals and health systems are addressing the medical complications that can accompany pregnancy, this podcast shares…