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New maternal mortality rates show black mothers still fare the worst

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEJan. 30, 2020, 5:01 AM UTCBy Elizabeth ChuckFor the first time, the United States has standardized maternal mortality data from all 50 states — a first step toward identifying ways to reduce pregnancy-related deaths across the country, experts say.The data, released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics, show that the national maternal mortality rate — deaths caused or aggravated by pregnancy — was an estimated 17.4 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2018, when 658 women died.The new statistics are similar to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the umbr ...