Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
68.7 per 10,000 delivery hospitalizations (2017)

61.8 per 10,000

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

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

Reduce severe maternal complications identified during 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.