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CDC’S Division of Reproductive Health Updates Webpage on Severe Maternal Morbidity

CDC’S Division of Reproductive Health Updates Webpage on Severe Maternal Morbidity

May 30, 2017 - CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health has updated the webpage on severe maternal morbidity (SMM). SMM includes unexpected outcomes of labor and delivery that result in significant short- or long-term consequences to a woman’s health. It affected more than 50,000 women in the U.S. from 2013 – 2014 and has been steadily increasing in recent years.

The recent web update provides the most current information about trends in SMM in the U.S. These data can be used as benchmarks for state- or city-level analyses. This web report also provides an updated list of 21 indicators and corresponding International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes that health professionals can use to track SMM.

The consequences of the increasing SMM prevalence, in addition to the health effects for the woman, are wide-ranging and include increased medical costs and longer hospitalization stays. Tracking and understanding patterns of SMM, along with developing and carrying out interventions to improve the quality of maternal care are essential to reducing SMM.

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