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Maternal Mortality

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The death of a pregnant or recently pregnant person is a rare but tragic event that deeply and negatively affects families, health care providers, and communities. The California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) investment in the following contributed to California’s lower rate of pregnancy-related deaths compared with the U.S.:


CDPH has two programs dedicated to tracking and investigating maternal mortality. Data from these programs can be viewed on the Pregnancy-Related Mortality Dashboard.



The California Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System (CA-PMSS) provides timely and accurate statewide counts and rates of deaths related to pregnancy.

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California Pregnancy-Associated Review Committee (CA-PARC)conducts in-depth reviews of deaths among pregnant or recently pregnant Californians to identify prevention opportunities.

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The California Pregnancy-Related Mortality Dashboard shows state-level data on pregnancy-related deaths.

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