MDHHS Releases Maternal Mortality Rates, Plan to Prevent Further Deaths
State health officials are developing a plan that will help Michigan achieve a better maternal mortality rate.
It comes as the MDHHS released its new maternal deaths report for 2011 to 2015.
According to their data, there were a total of 66 deaths from 2011 to 2015 that were identified as pregnancy-related.
Those deaths are related to or aggravated by pregnancy or occur within one year of pregnancy.
Based on the CDC guidelines, about 44 percent of the deaths were determined to be preventable at some level.
But now, to address those deaths, officials are working to develop the 2019 to 2022 Mother Infant Health Improvement Plan.
It focuses on early prenatal care, tobacco, mental health screening and treatment access.
It also will work to prepare hospitals to deal with potentially deadly births.