Health Outcomes

Maternal mortality

Number of deaths from any cause related to or aggravated by pregnancy or its management (excluding accidental or incidental causes) during pregnancy and childbirth or within one year of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, per 100,000 live births

About this data measure

  • Maternal mortality occurs when a woman dies during pregnancy, at delivery, or soon after delivery.
  • Research indicates that Black and American Indian/Alaska Native women have the highest maternal mortality rate compared with Asian/Pacific Islander, White and Hispanic women. (Source: America’s Health Rankings)
  • While Rhode Island’s maternal mortality rate is lower than many states, additional data are needed to understand racial disparities.

Measure Source: CDC WONDER Online Database, Mortality - Multiple Cause of Death files, accessed via America's Health Rankings

Maternal mortality over time