The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) established the Ohio Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review (PAMR) to identify and review pregnancy-associated deaths with the goal of developing interventions to reduce maternal mortality, particularly for pregnancy-related deaths.
Snapshot of Ohio Pregnancy-Associated Deaths, 2008 - 2014
From 2008 through 2014 there were 408 pregnancy-associated deaths in Ohio:
74% (n=302) occurred in the postpartum period, up to 1 year after pregnancy
39% (n-117) of those occurred within 6 weeks of pregnancy
were determined to be pregnancy-related.
The most common cause of death was cardiovascular conditions 23%
were determined to be pregnancy-associated but not pregnancy-related.
The most common cause of death was injury 66%
Pregnancy-associated but not pregnancy-related death:
The death of a woman while pregnant or within one year of pregnancy due to a cause unrelated to pregnancy.
The death of a woman while pregnant or within one year of pregnancy from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or management, excluding accidental or incidental causes.
Could not determine:
The death of a woman while pregnant or within one year of pregnancy, due to a cause that could not be determined to be pregnancy-related or not pregnancy-associated.
Click here for a graphic Snapshot of Ohio Pregnancy-Associated Deaths, 2008 - 2014
Amy Davis, MPH
Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Maternal, Child and Family Health
246 N. High St., 3rd Floor
Columbus OH 43215