Challenges and opportunities to understand, discuss, and decrease maternal mortality rates in the United States. The New Jersey experience

Joseph Apuzzio, Lisa Gittens-Williams, Damali Campbell, Robyn D’Oria

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Maternal mortality improvement depends on the proper classification used in defining maternal deaths. Since there are several definitions of maternal deaths depending upon the proximate cause of the death, if the death is related to the physiologic changes during pregnancy or not and the timing of the death, some opportunities for improvement may be missed to decrease the overall maternal mortality rate in the USA if the correct definition is not utilized appropriately.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


  • Definitions
  • maternal morbidity
  • maternal mortality
  • pregnancy-associated
  • pregnancy-related
  • prevention

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