The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate (MMR) in the developed world, and we are the only developed country where that rate is increasing.

When the numbers are broken down by race, it tells an even more complex story: Black mothers in the U.S. are dying at a much higher rate than white or Hispanic women. In 2019, the maternal mortality rate was significantly higher than in 2018, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in April 2021.

In 2019, the maternal mortality rate (number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births) was:

  • U.S. (overall): 20.1
  • Hispanic: 12.6
  • Non-Hispanic white: 17.9
  • Non-Hispanic Black: 44.0

This isn't new information. Depending on the year, Black mothers are two-and-a-half to four times more likely to