The Prenatal & Infant Care Network (PIC) kicked off 2021 with a webinar detailing the findings and recommendations of the recently released Indiana Maternal Mortality Report.
The report was compiled by the Indiana Department of Health's Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC), which is comprised of volunteers from several disciplines who work to identify statewide trends in maternal mortality and offer recommendations to improve the health and safety of Indiana women.
Key findings include:
- In Indiana in 2018, a total of 63 pregnancy-associated deaths occurred during pregnancy or within one year of the end of pregnancy.
- 86% of pregnancy-associated deaths occurred postpartum, including 37% after 6 weeks.
- Substance use disorder was the most common contributing factor to maternal deaths, likely contributing to over half of all pregnancy-associated deaths in 2018.
- Accidental overdose was overwhelmingly the leading cause of death, accounting for 36.5% of all pregnancy-associated deaths.
- The MMRC deemed 87% of reviewed pregnancy-associated deaths were preventable.
To learn more about the findings and key recommendations, as well as hear from local members of the MMRC, click the button below.