Status: Baseline only


Reduce severe maternal complications identified during delivery hospitalizations

Baseline: 68.7 per 10,000 delivery hospitalizations had severe maternal complications in 2017

Target: 61.8 per 10,000 delivery hospitalizations

Target Setting Method
Percent improvement


Severe complications during labor and delivery can lead to serious and lasting health problems for women, like stroke or kidney problems. Rates of severe maternal complications have increased in recent years, and there are disparities by race/ethnicity. Making sure women get high-quality health care both before and during pregnancy can help reduce severe maternal complications.