Life-threatening birth complication rate increasing across US racial, ethnic groups

Racial and ethnic disparities in severe maternal morbidity — life-threatening maternal complications associated with childbirth — have persisted and increased at high rates among US women, according to an analysis of nearly 20 years of California hospital records funded by the National Institutes of Health. Known risk factors for these complications — such as blood pressure disorders, asthma and cesarean birth — do not fully explain the increase or why the disparities remain.

Source: Life-threatening birth complication rate increasing across US racial, ethnic groups