Maternal mortality much lower than CDC previously estimated

by ian

A new report shows that the national number of maternal deaths during childbirth is thankfully much lower than previously estimated.

The CDC’s most recent report put the national maternal mortality rate at a staggering 32.9 deaths per 100,000 births. The massive number drew immediate media attention and national concern.

But a new study by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology is putting the public’s mind at ease, saying that number is much lower, more like 10.4 deaths per 100,000 births.

The authors of the study hypothesize that there was a confusing checkbox on previous national death certificates concerning pregnancies, making the data gathered during certain years unreliable.

But even with the lowered rate, lead author K.S. Joseph said “this study does not mean that you can take your eye off the ball.”