Maternal Mortality Special Series


How America is Failing Mothers



Read more about maternal mortality, patient care, resources and guidelines, and media coverage.

Etiologies and Risk Factors

Special Reports

Additional Reading and Resources

Maternal Mortality in the Media

About the Series Editor:

Dr. Zelop is Director of Ultrasound, Fetal Echocardiography and Perinatal Research at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU School of Medicine, New York. She works actively with ACOG and the American Heart Association (AHA) on issues of maternal cardiac arrest and mortality.

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Cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in pregnancy

This review will give an overview of the types of CVD seen in pregnancy, present a risk stratification scheme to assess cardiovascular risk during pregnancy, and address the importance of coordinated care.

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Introducing a new series on maternal mortality

Cutting-edge medical achievements stand in stark contrast to the paradoxical increase in US maternal mortality, which is among the highest of all developed nations. Why are our mothers dying?

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A call to arms against maternal mortality

If we truly want to “make America great again” we should start with a national effort to address our tragically high maternal mortality rate. This measure has traditionally been used to distinguish wealthy western industrialized nations from poorer developing ones.

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About the Maternal Mortality Special Series


In 2018, Contemporary OB/GYN will focus an editorial spotlight on the tragically high rate maternal mortality rate in the United States. Throughout the year, via special articles and features, we’ll explore the major causes of severe morbidity and mortality, and provide information from experts on preventative measures, treatment strategies and tactics for acute management of women at risk. We welcome participation in and feedback from our readers about this important initiative.


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