Maternal Suicide in the U.S.: Opportunities for Improved Data Collection and Health Care System Change Issue Brief (Updated Sept 2023)

Nov 29, 2023
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Maternal suicide is a leading cause of maternal mortality in the US. While maternal mortality has rightfully garnered increasing attention in recent years, maternal suicide has been historically overlooked as a cause of maternal mortality because national maternal mortality rates previously excluded suicides as pregnancy-related deaths, instead classifying maternal suicides deaths as incidental or accidental deaths. According to the provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) there was a record high number of deaths in 2022 from suicide for the general US population. It is important to continue to address suicide prevention efforts for the general and maternal population.

Maternal Suicide in the U.S.: Opportunities for Improved Data Collection and Health Care System Change Issue Brief (Updated Sept 2023)