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U.S. maternal mortality climbs dramatically during pandemic, study finds

Akilah Johnson

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on March 16, 2023, documenting an increase in maternal mortality during 2021. The data indicates that rates of maternal mortality were substantially higher among Black women than other groups, although increases were significant across all racial groups. Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH, commented: “We have probably not uncovered all of the ways that the pandemic has impacted maternal and infant health….”