Why We Exist
- Pregnant women in the U.S. are 3x more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than women in Japan or the U.K.
- The U.S. has the highest maternal death rate among developed countries at 19.9/100,000 or about 700 deaths/year (2016). In Arkansas, that rate rises to 35.4/100,000 (2016) or about 14 deaths/year overall making us among the bottom five states nationally. The Black maternal mortality rate is 3x greater than their white counterparts
- Arkansas’s maternal mortality ratio (MMR) has decreased from 35.4 in 2016 to 34.8 in 2018 while the nations’ MMR has continued to rise.
- This slight decline in Arkansas’s MMR coincides with our initial 2017 work to implement maternal safety bundles throughout the state.
Information about the current maternal safety bundles
For more information, call 855-234-3348 or email us at IDHI@UAMS.edu.