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Louisiana DOH Releases Maternal Mortality Data

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The Louisiana Department of Health released a new report on maternal mortality in Louisiana. Maternal mortality is a pregnancy-related death occurring up to 42 days following the end of a pregnancy. The report includes recommendations made by an expert maternal mortality review committee to guide improvements in maternal health in Louisiana.

According to the report, 47 confirmed maternal deaths occurring between 2011 and 2016 were pregnancy-related or due to causes directly related to pregnancy, producing a six-year mortality ratio of 12.4 deaths per 100,000 births in Louisiana. The report found that black women were four times more likely than white women to experience pregnancy-related death, consistent with national trends.

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