A National Conversation on Maternal Mortality
Every day in the United States, two or three women die from pregnancy-related causes. The maternal mortality rate has remained stagnant in the past 30 years, and is now increasing. Therefore, the National Perinatal Association (NPA) hosted a one-day summit in October, 2012 to begin a national conversation about the factors that contribute to maternal mortality and deaths in the perinatal period, and how stakeholders can address these factors on a national, state and regional level. This experience helped to shape the format of A National Conversation about Maternal Mortality.
A number of states and localities have published results from maternal mortality review efforts. Alaska, Maryland, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York City and Virginia have all published the findings of enhanced surveillance to examine the factors contributing to maternal mortality. A few commonalties emerge from these reports.
The NPA gathered investigators from the national, state, and local levels, as well as other stakeholders in order to review the existing data and formulate such strategies. Currently, there are no strategies that engage stakeholders in a multidisciplinary manner.The University of South Florida was instrumental in helping to organize this summit and compile the final report. Additional support came from the March of Dimes, the National Perinatal Foundation.
COMING SOON: A National Conversation on Maternal Mortality and Pregnancy (revised)