Maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States: where are we now?

J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014 Jan;23(1):3-9. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2013.4617.


This article provides a brief overview of the work conducted by the Division of Reproductive Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on severe maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States. The article presents the latest data and trends in maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity, as well as on maternal substance abuse and mental health disorders during pregnancy, two relatively recent topics of interest in the Division, and includes future directions of work in all these areas.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Maternal Health Services / organization & administration
  • Maternal Mortality / trends*
  • Maternal Welfare*
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology
  • Morbidity / trends*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / mortality*
  • Prenatal Care
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Young Adult