CDC: 80% of Pregnancy-Related Deaths Are Preventable
According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study of 1,018 pregnancy-related deaths in 36 states from 2017 to 2019, over 80%, or 839, of those deaths were preventable. The analysis reveals that the three leading causes of pregnancy-related death are mental health conditions, including drug overdose (22.7% of deaths), hemorrhage (13.7%), and cardiac and coronary conditions (12.8%). There were ethnic differences in the leading causes of pregnancy-related death, with cardiac and coronary deaths highest among Blacks, mental health conditions highest among Hispanics and Whites, and hemorrhage highest among Asians. Overall, Black Americans accounted for 31.4% of pregnancy-related deaths despite making up just 13.8% of the U.S. population.
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