The Reality of Giving Birth in America

U.S. States by their Maternal Mortality Rate

What is the maternal mortality rate?
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Maternal mortality is a key indicator of health worldwide and reflects the ability of women to secure maternal and other health care services. The maternal mortality ratio in the United States is 12.1 deaths per 100,000 live births. The lifetime risk of maternal death is greater in the U.S. than in 40 other countries, including almost all other industrialized nations.1 There are also marked disparities in maternal mortality in the U.S., as Black women face a disproportionately high risk of dying from pregnancy-related conditions when compared to white women.2

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1 Amnesty International, “Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA.” 2010, available at
2 Health Resources and Services Administration, Women’s Health USA 2008, “Maternal Mortality,” (Rockville: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, 2008), available at