Maternal Mortality Up in California

Maternal Mortality Up in California

POSTED: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 7:10am

UPDATED: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 9:06am

Maternal mortality is on the rise in California.

California health officials said the group most vulnerable to this is African-Americans; as women in that ethnic group are roughly four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than women in any other racial or ethnic group.

The overall rate of maternal deaths in 1999 was eight per 100,000 births, and by 2008, that number had gone up to 14 deaths per 100,000 live births.

The maternal mortality rate was 36.1 per 100,000 live births for African-American women.

In order to mitigate the problem, state health officials in California have expanded the Black Infant Health Program in the past year to include more outreach and information for expectant black mothers.

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