DOH releases maternal mortality report

November 21, 2019

The Washington State Department of Health has released the newest Maternal Mortality Review Panel report, examining maternal deaths from 2014 – 2016. The report summarizes the panel findings and provides recommendations to address the preventable events identified. Key findings from the 2014 – 2016 mortality review highlight the identification of 30 pregnancy-related deaths, with 60 percent of those deaths determined as preventable deaths. Thirty percent of all pregnancy-related deaths were attributed to behavioral health conditions related to suicide and accidental overdose (n=11), followed by hemorrhage (20 percent, n=6) and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (10 percent, n=3).

Everyone is encouraged to read through the summary of findings in the report, as well as the priority recommendations.

WSHA’s Safe Deliveries Roadmap program is a resource for hospitals and providers to address maternal morbidity and mortality through our Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) program, quarterly OB data reports and monthly educational webinars.


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