maternal mortality

Pregnancy resource centers tout their services to Arkansas lawmakers

BY: - August 10, 2023

CORRECTION: Arkansas Pregnancy Resource Center is next door to Little Rock Family Planning Services. An earlier version of this story erroneously named another organization. Some Arkansas lawmakers said Thursday that they see pregnancy resource centers as tools to help reduce infant, child and maternal mortality in the state, which has a near-total abortion ban and […]

Close-up of a pregnant woman's belly in the hospital bed with catheter in hand

Study shows sharp increases in maternal deaths over two decades

BY: - July 3, 2023

A study from the University of Washington released Monday shows maternal mortality rates more than doubled in some states between 1999 and 2019, with sharp increases for some racial and ethnic groups. Researchers touted it as the first study to provide such maternal mortality calculations for every state. Previous reports have not included rates for […]

Black woman holding newborn baby in hospital bed

Black maternal mortality in Arkansas rose 110% in two decades, study shows

BY: - July 3, 2023

The rate at which Black women in Arkansas die during childbirth or within a year of giving birth rose 110% from 1999 to 2019, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Nationally, “maternal mortality remains unacceptably high among all racial and ethnic groups,” but American Indian, Alaska Native […]

A child receives drops of children’s Tylenol after getting a vaccination at a low-cost clinic. (John Moore/Getty Images)

More states OK postpartum Medicaid coverage beyond two months

BY: - June 13, 2023

At least eight states this year have decided to seek federal approval to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage, leaving just a handful that have opted not to guarantee at least a year of health care for women during that critical period after pregnancy. The new states on the list include Montana, where lawmakers in the recently […]

$15M grant allows UAMS to study improvements to postpartum care for underserved Arkansans

BY: - April 19, 2023

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will conduct a five-year study of new mothers throughout the state to come up with improvements for postpartum health care and work to reduce maternal mortality, the institution announced Wednesday. Researchers will compare two postpartum health care models — the Telehealth Multicomponent Optimal Model and the enhanced standard […]