Nutrition’s Role in the Quest to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes

When it comes to maternal health and mortality, the United States has a long way to go.

How far? Among 11 developed countries, U.S. has the highest maternal mortality rate, with 20.1 deaths per 100,000 live births—a dramatic increase over the 2018 rate of 17.4 deaths per 100,000 live births.

The crisis is emerging as one of the nation’s most pressing healthcare issues, but health inequities and racial disparities remain at the core of the problem. And nutrition plays a major role. The good news is that both the federal government and the private sector are taking notice and launching initiatives to help ensure healthy futures for mothers and their children. To learn more about the extent of the problem and what is being done, download our resources.

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