Overview of US Maternal Mortality Policy

Jennifer C. Villavicencio, Katherine W. McHugh, Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds

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The United States maternal mortality rate has been rising for many years putting the US out of step with peer countries. There are many complex reasons for the rise in maternal deaths and recent data has demonstrated that there is a disproportionate risk for women of color. This article provides an overview of current policy and policy issues aimed at improving the maternal mortality rate in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)408-418
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Therapeutics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2020


  • health policy
  • maternity
  • mortality
  • policymaking
  • pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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