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Location: California
Topic: Maternal mortality
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Maternal mortality: California and US, 2003-2007 Average

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• In California during 2003-2007 (average), the maternal mortality rate was 12.8 per 100,000 live births. 

Healthy people 2020

  • Maternal deaths: reduce to no more than 11.4 per 100,000 live births.


  • Cause of death for 1996-1998 is based on the Ninth Revision, International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9); cause of death for after 1998 is based on the Tenth Revision, International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10).
  • Maternal death: one that occurs during pregnancy or within 42 days of the end of a pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by a woman's pregnancy, but not from accidental or incidental causes.
  • Beginning in 2003, data are impacted by the 2003 revision of the U.S. Standard Certificate of Death that introduced a standard question format for maternal deaths and therefore may not be comparable to previous years.


  • National Center for Health Statistics, final mortality data; National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
  • Retrieved November 22, 2019, from