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Maternal Mortality

Maternal mortality refers to the death of a woman from complications of pregnancy or childbirth. For some organizations, maternal mortality includes deaths up to 1 year after a pregnancy ends, while others only include deaths that occur within 6 weeks after the end of pregnancy.

NICHD is one of many federal agencies working to improve maternal health and pregnancy outcomes, with the goal of preventing and treating pregnancy-related complications to reduce maternal deaths. Our efforts aim to improve understanding, treatment, and prevention of pregnancy and childbirth complications, as well as enhance the quality of data on maternal deaths and track population-level trends to inform research strategies.

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