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Maternal Mortality in the United States: We Must Do Better

Simpson, Kathleen Rice PhD, RNC, CNS-BC, FAAN

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: January/February 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 1 - p 64
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000302
ONGOING COLUMNS: Perinatal Patient Safety

In the United States, maternal death is more common than in many other developed countries and while there have been decreases in maternal mortality in other countries, there have been increases here. The continued rise in maternal deaths is a health crisis and a national tragedy that can be addressed in part with everyone working together to adopt evidence based childbirth practices and by reviewing near miss cases as a team.

Kathleen Rice Simpson is a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist in St. Louis, MO, and the Editor-in-Chief of MCN. Dr. Simpson can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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