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U.S. News Identifies States With the Highest Maternal Mortality Rates

About 700 women die of pregnancy-related problems every year in the U.S., at a rate of 17.2 deaths per 100,000 live births between 2011 and 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, writes U.S. News. The U.S. maternal mortality rate – which measures the rate of deaths from any cause related to or aggravated by pregnancy, childbirth or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy – is high compared to many other developed countries. Though the nation’s overall maternal mortality rate is high – the highest it’s been in decades – some states’ rates are far worse. Georgia, Louisiana and Indiana all had rates above 40 deaths per 100,000 live births from 2011 to 2015, a rate that puts them on par with Malaysia, Turkmenistan and Cabo Verde.

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