Maternal Health

Since 1987, the rate of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. has more than doubled. HRSA has taken a leading role in addressing maternal mortality and morbidity through health promotion, risk prevention, and the training of health care professionals to identify and treat early warning signs.

About Maternal Morbidity & Mortality


How HRSA is Addressing Maternal Morbidity & Mortality

Implementing Best Practices

Partnering with States

Partnering with Local Communities

Sparking Innovative Solutions

Providing Primary, Pre and Perinatal Care at Health Centers

Supporting Health Care Providers

Improving Information Access for Rural Health

Combating Intimate Partner Violence

Supporting Data Collection

Supporting Research


About Maternal Morbidity & Mortality

Maternal morbidity and mortality are key indicators of health and reflect the accessibility of maternal and other health care services. Leading causes of pregnancy-related death include heart disease, stroke, infections, and severe bleeding. Severe maternal morbidity causes major short- or long-term health consequences and is nearly 100 times more common than maternal mortality. Complications of pregnancy are associated with a higher risk of other adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm birth and infant death.


1HRSA 2017 National Health Center Data, Table 3A - Patients by Age and by Sex Assigned at Birth

2HRSA 2017 National Health Center Data, Table 6B - Quality of Care Measures

Date Last Reviewed:  October 2019