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U.S. Records Rise in Maternal Death Rate from 2018 to 2019

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The U.S. recorded a rise in its maternal death rate from 2018 to 2019, and racial disparities in the data remained, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.

The report presents maternal mortality rates for 2019 based on data from the National Vital Statistics System. The National Center for Health Statistics documented 754 maternal deaths in the country in 2019, reaching 20.1 deaths per 100,000 live births. This represents an increase from the 2018 levels of 17.4 fatalities per 100,000 live births.

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