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The health of women in the time leading up to and following childbirth is referred to as maternal health. Over the past two decades, maternal mortality rates in the United States have increased by 50 to 70 percent, and rates of severe maternal morbidity have more than doubled as well.

Opportunities for innovation we will pursue include a more rigorous understanding of the relationship between events during pregnancy and postnatal outcomes, strategies to reduce variation in outcomes by demographic group (for example, racial, socio-economic, or geographic), and more effective approaches to care during high-risk pregnancies.

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