# US maternal mortality – College Pal

Watch the following news report from NBC Nightly News, August 26, 2018
https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/u-s-is-the-most-dangerous-place-to-give-birth-in-the-developed-world-1286312515541
Then read the following investigative reports  from USA Today, August 27, 2018
Read the Michigan Maternal Mortality Executive Summary – January 2018  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdhhs/Maternal_Mortality_Executive_Summary_1_2018__Final_609738_7.pdf
Project:
Fact:
The maternal mortality ratio can be calculated by dividing recorded (or estimated) number of maternal deaths by total recorded (or estimated) number of live births in the same period and multiplying by 100,000
Now:
Go to the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/data_stats/index.htm (Links to an external site.)
and search for the Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System
1.  What was the US maternal mortality ratio in 2017?
2.  List the causes of maternal deaths that the ratio included for 2016-2018
Next:
Go to the MDCH website at:
https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-73971_4911_87421-474056–,00.html (Links to an external site.)
and research Maternal Deaths in Michigan 2014-2018
1.  How many pregnancy related deaths did Michigan have from 2014-2018?
2.   What was the ratio in Michigan for 2011-2018?
3.  List the causes of maternal deaths that the ratio included for 2014-2018 in Michigan?
4.  List the differences in how that statistics are calculated in the U.S.  vs Michigan.
5.  Choose one of the Priority Recommendations and comment on why it would help improve Michigan statistics.

6.  Summarize why you think these statistics match some of the conclusions that are found in the previous articles.
Final Step:
Using this website for the 2021 data:
https://www.americashealthrankings.org/learn/reports/2021-health-of-women-and-children
click on search 2021 Health of Women and Children Report – State Summaries and search for Michigan.
1.  List the strengths and challenges Michigan has listed
2.  Under “Measures” and “Access to Care” List Michigan’s state ranking and the state Value for Adequate Prenatal Care.
3.  Using this same information, create a comparison bar chart for the following states:  Michigan, California, Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois
(Make sure all critical information is included on your graph!)
4.  Summarize why you think these statistics match some of the conclusions that are found in the previous articles.
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