Pregnancy-Related Deaths Rise in the U.S.

The rate of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. appears to be on the upswing, according to a new government study. Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the rate of pregnancy-related deaths between 1998 and 2005 was higher than what has been seen in decades previous.

According to the new data, deaths from chronic medical conditions that are exacerbated by pregnancy, including heart disease, could account for a growing number of pregnancy-related deaths.

Reuters reports:

“The researchers estimate that [between 1998 and 2005], the national rate of pregnancy-related death was 14.5 for every 100,000 live births. In contrast, in 1979, there were just under 11 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in the U.S. -- a rate that fell to as far as 7.4 per 100,000 in 1986, before beginning a gradual increase.”

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