Distribution of preventability in maternal mortality U.S. 2017-2019

Percentage of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. that were preventable from 2017 to 2019

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Release date

September 2022


United States

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Number of respondents

1,018 respondents

Supplementary notes

A death is considered preventable if the committee determines that there was at least some chance of the death being averted by one or more reasonable changes to patient, community, provider, facility, and/or systems factors.

Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRCs) are multidisciplinary committees that convene at the state or local level to comprehensively review deaths during or within a year of pregnancy (pregnancy-associated deaths). Data on 1,018 pregnancy-related deaths among residents of 36 states from 2017–2019 were shared with CDC through the Maternal Mortality Review Information Application (MMRIA).

A preventability determination was missing (n=4) or unable to be determined (n=18) for a total of 22 (2.2%) pregnancy-related deaths.

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