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