Black mothers are far more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than are white and Hispanic mothers: Pregnancy-related deaths per 100,000 live births by race and ethnicity, 2019

White 17.9
Black 44.0
Hispanic 12.6

Notes: Race and ethnicity categories are mutually exclusive (i.e., white non-Hispanic, Black non-Hispanic, and Hispanic any race).

Source: Economic Policy Institute analysis of National Center for Health Statistics  Maternal Mortality Rates, 2019 Table 1.

Source: Economic Policy Institute analysis of Donna L. Hoyert, Maternal Mortality Rates in the United States, 2019, “Table 1. Number of Maternal Deaths and Maternal Mortality Rates, by Race and Hispanic Origin and Age: United States, 2018 and 2019,” National Center for Health Statistics (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), March 2021. DOI:

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