Maternal Mortality Rate by State

 

The maternal mortality rate is the ratio of deaths due to complications from pregnancy and childbirth. This can be either deaths directly caused by the pregnancy, childbirth, or other causes that happen within 42 days after the end of a pregnancy. 

Worldwide, the maternal mortality rate has dropped by over 40% since 1990; however, in that same time the maternal mortality rate has increased in the United States, it being the country with the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world. While it is unclear what exactly is causing the increase, one factor often cited is the fact that more women are choosing to have children later in life, resulting in more high-risk pregnancies.

While there is no single answer on reversing the maternal mortality trend, critics argue that a standardized protocol for doctors to follow nationwide would increase the quality of care in less-fortunate communities. 

Learn for yourself how states differ in maternal mortality rate by looking at the data in the charts.

Maternal Mortality Rate by State

Alabama

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36.2

#3 in the US

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7.71

#2 in the US

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404

#36 in the US

Arizona

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28.3

#7 in the US

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5.43

#20 in the US

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405

#37 in the US

Arkansas

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40.4

#1 in the US

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7

#3 in the US

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264

#24 in the US

California

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10.2

#30 in the US

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4.23

#36 in the US

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1,651

#50 in the US

Colorado

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14.4

#27 in the US

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4.85

#37 in the US

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294

#28 in the US

Florida

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21.7

#17 in the US

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6.1

#10 in the US

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1,214

#49 in the US

Georgia

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28.8

#8 in the US

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7.02

#4 in the US

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765

#45 in the US

Illinois

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12.9

#29 in the US

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5.67

#22 in the US

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737

#44 in the US

Indiana

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28.2

#9 in the US

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6.54

#11 in the US

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527

#40 in the US

Kansas

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21.7

#18 in the US

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5.42

#24 in the US

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236

#21 in the US

Kentucky

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39.7

#2 in the US

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4.9

#40 in the US

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327

#29 in the US

Louisiana

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31.8

#5 in the US

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7.97

#5 in the US

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430

#38 in the US

Maryland

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18.6

#25 in the US

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5.84

#26 in the US

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391

#33 in the US

Massachusetts

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14.7

#28 in the US

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3.73

#48 in the US

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261

#23 in the US

Michigan

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19.6

#23 in the US

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6.38

#12 in the US

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704

#42 in the US

Mississippi

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30.2

#6 in the US

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8.71

#1 in the US

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293

#27 in the US

Missouri

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25.2

#12 in the US

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6.14

#13 in the US

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392

#34 in the US

Nebraska

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28.2

#10 in the US

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4.93

#43 in the US

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137

#16 in the US

Nevada

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19.2

#24 in the US

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5.67

#27 in the US

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155

#18 in the US

New Jersey

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24.1

#13 in the US

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4.22

#44 in the US

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393

#35 in the US

New York

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20.2

#20 in the US

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4.33

#45 in the US

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853

#47 in the US

North Carolina

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20.6

#21 in the US

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6.78

#14 in the US

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800

#46 in the US

Ohio

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21.3

#19 in the US

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6.89

#15 in the US

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864

#48 in the US

Oklahoma

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24.6

#14 in the US

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7

#7 in the US

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279

#26 in the US

Pennsylvania

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15

#26 in the US

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5.93

#29 in the US

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726

#43 in the US

South Carolina

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28.9

#11 in the US

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6.89

#16 in the US

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364

#31 in the US

Tennessee

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34.6

#4 in the US

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6.96

#18 in the US

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495

#39 in the US

Texas

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22.9

#15 in the US

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5.48

#31 in the US

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1,968

#51 in the US

Virginia

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22.3

#16 in the US

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5.81

#33 in the US

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544

#41 in the US

Washington

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20.5

#22 in the US

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4.26

#47 in the US

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373

#32 in the US

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0

#31 in the US

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0

#50 in the US

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0

#1 in the US