Research Brief

Changing the Narrative on Maternal Mortality: A Paradigm Shift That Can’t Wait

Acute Care
Research Brief
Maternal Mortality
Changing the Narrative on Maternal Mortality White Paper

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  • Developing a culture of high reliability
  • Reducing variation in care
  • Considering social determinants of health
  • Providing patient education

About this Research Brief

While the U.S. has become somewhat synonymous with advanced medical care, maternal care is lacking in quality. In fact, more American women are dying of pregnancy-related complications than any other developed country — and the US is the only country where the rate is rising. The U.S. has the worst record in the developed world, while nearly 60% of maternal deaths are considered preventable.

Despite groundbreaking evidence and media attention for several years, little has changed in the maternal mortality narrative. Due to the lack of progress from our nation’s hospitals and health systems, many quality organizations have intervened to put standards and requirements in place that will ensure hospitals and health systems follow best practices to rapidly and drastically affect the care mothers and babies receive. This research brief outlines where we are as a nation, where we need to go in terms of improvement, and, most importantly, how to get there.

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