Maternal mortality in the U.S. Department of Defense, 1993-1998

David M. Haas, Manuel E. Rivera-Alsina, Michael F. McNamara

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OBJECTIVE: To determine the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in Department of Defense medical facilities from 1993 to 1998. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a retrospective review of birth data from military medical facilities using the Standard Inpatient Data Records from 1993 through 1998. The total number of live births and dispositions due to maternal death were obtained. RESULTS: Twenty-two maternal deaths occurred in the study time out of 398,107 live births, for an MMR of 5.5 per 100,000 live births. The ratios for the service branches were: Army 7.0, Navy 5.3 and Air Force 3.6. The leading cause of death was embolic disease. CONCLUSION: The military MMR is closer to the Healthy People 2010 goal of 3.3 than is the national ratio, 13.2. Improved reporting of cases, patient education and treating high-risk conditions may help further decrease pregnancy-related mortality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)951-953
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2005


  • Embolism
  • Maternal mortality
  • Military personnel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Medicine

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