Preventing Maternal Mortality and Morbidity

Northwestern University, News Center, By Haleigh Ehmsen, October 18, 2022

This was originally published in October 2022 Breakthroughs.

A recent report by the CDC found that four out of five deaths during pregnancy, delivery or even up to a year postpartum could have been prevented. The U.S. has the highest maternal death rate of any high-income country, and research is needed to pinpoint why as well as determine how to prevent maternal deaths.

Discovering Patterns and Risk Factors

Through research into women’s heart health and experience during pregnancy, Northwestern scientists have learned the ways women’s health is impacted by social determinants, including what part of the country they live in.