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Comparing Mortality Ratios for Mothers in Different Countries
Comparing Mortality Ratios for Mothers in Different Countries
Comparing Mortality Ratios for Mothers in Different Countries

In this graph, the maternal mortality ratios in different countries are compared.

Maternal mortality refers to the number of women who die because of problems related to pregnancy and who die during pregnancy, during delivery, or soon after delivery.

The maternal mortality ratio is the number of such deaths for every 100,000 live births (delivery of a living baby).

In 2017, ratios ranged from 2 (Poland) to 1,150 (South Sudan) deaths per 100,000 live births (these countries are not shown below). The maternal mortality ratio is higher in the United States (19 per 100,000 live births) than in most other Western countries.