Maternal Mortality and Severe Maternal MorbidityReducing Disparities in Severe Maternal Morbidity and MortalityHOWELL, ELIZABETH A. MD, MPP*,† Author Information Departments of *Population Health Science & Policy †Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science, Women’s Health Research Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York Supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities under Award Number R01MD007651. The author declares that there is nothing to disclose. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. Correspondence: Elizabeth A. Howell, MD, MPP, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, P.O. Box 1077, One Gustave L. Levy Place, New York, NY. E-mail: [email protected] Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: June 2018 - Volume 61 - Issue 2 - p 387-399 doi: 10.1097/GRF.0000000000000349 Buy Metrics Abstract Significant racial and ethnic disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality exist in the United States. Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die a pregnancy-related death as compared with white women. Growing research indicates that quality of health care, from preconception through postpartum care, may be a critical lever for improving outcomes for racial and ethnic minority women. This article reviews racial and ethnic disparities in severe maternal morbidities and mortality, underlying drivers of these disparities, and potential levers to reduce their occurrence. Copyright © 2018 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.