All-Cause Maternal Mortality in the US Before vs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Thoma, M. 2022 (410.1 KB)
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2022-06-28

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Thoma ME, Declercq ER. All-Cause Maternal Mortality in the US Before vs During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(6):e2219133.

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The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reported an 18.4% increase in US maternal mortality (ie, death during pregnancy or within 42 days of pregnancy) between 2019 and 2020. The relative increase was 44.4% among Hispanic, 25.7% among non-Hispanic Black, and 6.1% among non-Hispanic White women.1 Given a 16.8% increase in overall US mortality in 2020, largely attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic,2 we examined the pandemic’s role in 2020 maternal death rates.

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