NPWH position statement: Eliminating preventable maternal deaths
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Repository Posting Date2019-09-30T17:06:06Z
Author DetailsAs a national professional membership organization, NPWH is the nation's leading voice for courageous conversations about women's health. In our clinics and in our culture, women's health nurse practitioners champion state-of-the-science health care that holistically addresses the unique needs of women across their lifetimes. We elevate the health issues others overlook and compel attention on women's health from providers, policymakers, and researchers.
Lead Author Sigma AffliationNon-member
Lead Author AffliationNational Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
Level of EvidenceN/A
Keywordsmaternal mortality; pregnancy related death; maternal mortality review committees; racial disparities in pregnancy related mortality; maternal mortality prevention
The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) supports coordinated and collaborative efforts at federal, state, local, and professional organization levels to eliminate preventable maternal deaths. For 2011-2015, the pregnancy-related mortality ratio (PRMR) in the United States was 17.2 deaths per 100,000 live births. This statistic translates to an average of 700 women dying of pregnancy-related complications each year, a rate that remains higher than that of any other resource-rich country. The CDC estimates that 3 in 5 pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. are preventable. NPWH advocates for legislation, policies, and initiatives that promote access to care, establishment and implementation of evidence-based healthcare practices to improve maternal outcomes, and ongoing research into the contributing factors to maternal mortality and effective preventive strategies.
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