Secondary Logo

Journal Logo

Institutional members access full text with Ovid®

Maternal Mortality in the United States

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

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: September/October 2019 - Volume 44 - Issue 5 - p 249
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000560

Maternal mortality rates in the United States compare very unfavorably with other high-income countries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that about 700 women die of pregnancy-related causes in the United States each year. A summary of their May 2019 report is presented. Nurses must continue to take a leadership role in efforts to reduce the unacceptably high maternal mortality in the United States.

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.

Copyright © 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved