Maternal Mortality

Tennessee is 38th Among All States in Maternal Mortality; 38 Percent of Women Live in a Medically Underserved Area, according to Amnesty International. About 11.7 women died for every 100,000 deliveries in Tennessee from 1999 to 2004, the Amnesty report said. Graves believes if Tennessee tracked its maternal deaths, the state would probably learn that fatalities are much higher. The same health problems — obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure — that earn Tennessee poor grades in numerous health rankings, to include infant mortality rates, also contribute to the deaths of Tennessee women during childbirth. Additionally, some hospitals in rural areas may not be equipped to handle high-risk pregnancies. Hemorrhaging, or excessive bleeding, for example, is a common pregnancy complication that can lead to death. Please learn more about this issue affecting the Tennessee community.