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Trends in Maternal Mortality Statistics


This report presents tables and graphs showing mortality statistics for women ages 10 to 50 that died within one year after childbirth/delivery in North Carolina. Identification of maternal deaths is conducted on an annual basis by the State Center for Health Statistics. The process begins with mortality records. All death records for women ages 10 to 50 are matched to live birth and fetal death files in order to identify deaths that occurred within one year after a delivery. Hospital discharge records are used to further enhance the surveillance. Records with a pregnancy-related discharge diagnosis where the woman died in the hospital are identified. These records can help identify a few deaths missed from Vital Statistics data sources and also provide supplementary information on medical diagnosis and procedures. According to the definition of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pregnancy-related deaths are those that "result from complications of the pregnancy itself, interventions elected or required because of the pregnancy, or from the chain of events initiated by the complications or interventions, or from a disease which was obviously aggravated by the physiologic effects of pregnancy." Non-pregnancy-related deaths are those that are related in time to the pregnancy but are not causally related. More information on the methods for identifying and classifying maternal deaths can be found in the CHIS Studies: Enhanced Surveillance of Maternal Mortality in North Carolina (No. 125, April 2001).

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