The report also indicates that older and black women continue to be at a higher risk of maternal death in the country.
The CDC released the National Vital Statistics report on US maternal mortality on Thursday. It is the most recent official report published with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) on the topic in over a decade. Experts say the findings reveal the maternal death rate remains too high, according to CNN.
The report defined maternal death as “the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of being pregnant from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or the management of the pregnancy.” Maternal deaths in the report do not include women who died by suicide or homicide.
The study’s researchers altered the method previously used to collect and examine data on maternal deaths. They considered the deaths of women who were listed as pregnant on their death certificates as maternal deaths, even if the cause of their death had not been attributed to pregnancy — rather than only counting deaths recorded specifically as maternal deaths.
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