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Report: Maternal Deaths on the Rise in California

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, April 28, 2011
The report from the California Department of Public Health finds the rate of maternal deaths nearly doubled between 1999 and 2008. Sue Holtby is with the Public Health Institute, which took part in the study. She says some of the increase is due to better data collection, but more women also entered pregnancy with chronic conditions.

HOLTBY: And we have identified social factors, such as poverty, low education levels, and exposure to chronic stress.

Using data from 2002 and 2003, the report said African American women are four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes and more than a third of all maternal deaths could have been prevented.
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