MATERNAL & INFANT HEALTH
Maternal and infant health matters to EVERY person, society and country.
Maternal health refers to the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. The lifestyle of a mother affects the infant mortality rate and all aspects of a child’s life.
Our staff works diligently on research and projects to improve the care for mothers and newborns in the United States and decrease the maternal and infant mortality rates.
We support our local, state and national programs, policies, strategic plans, and research activities to advance improvements in maternal and infant health.
We attend several events where we participate in speaking engagements, focus groups, and training courses to prevent maternal and infant mortality and optimize maternal/infant health around the United States.
MATERNAL & INFANT HEALTH STATS
More than 700 women die each year in the U.S. from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth.
Nearly half of all counties in the United States do not have a single obstetrician providing maternity care.
Over 22,000 infants died in the United States in 2017. Leading causes are birth defects, preterm birth, pregnancy complications, sudden infant death syndrome and injuries.
Sources: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2018/12/maternal-mortality-usa-health-motherhood/ https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/infantmortality.htm
Over half of all maternal deaths in the U.S. can be prevented.”