WMUR Coronavirus – Newsletter

There may be some hopeful new data out of the CDC regarding maternal deaths in the country. The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics released a report showing the maternal mortality rate decreased in 2022.

The total number of maternal deaths in the U.S. was 817 in 2022, which significantly decreased from 1,205 deaths in 2021.

Some experts are saying the difference is likely related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that the rates are quite similar to pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

And, while there was a decrease in maternal mortality rates among Black, white and Hispanic women, Black women still had a much higher rate compared to other races. Also, older women are still at higher risk for death.

The report showed that women aged 40 or older had a maternal mortality rate six times higher than the rate for women younger than age 25.

Although maternal deaths in the country are reducing, a lot of work needs to be done to ensure childbirth is a safe experience for everyone.

Send any questions or comments to Kirk Enstrom at [email protected].