Pregnant women in the United States are increasingly experiencing adverse maternal and birth outcomes. The maternal mortality rate in 2019 was 20.1 deaths per 100,000 live births, which is an increase from 17.4 in the previous year.1 For Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), the rates were 2.5 and 3.5 times higher, respectively, compared with non-Hispanic White women.2 The rate of preterm births also continues to rise, particularly among BIPOC populations, and overall one in ten infants is born preterm.3 Infants born preterm or with low birthweight are at an increased risk for experiencing physical disabilities and developmental impairments throughout their lives.
Number of deaths per 100,000 births4
With approximately half of all births in the United States covered by Medicaid, Medicaid managed care organizations and their state partners have the ability to improve health outcomes among Medicaid consumers.5 Together, we can develop prenatal care management and postpartum coverage strategies to support healthy pregnancies and birth outcomes. We are also both uniquely positioned to address the disparities and health inequities that exist for pregnant and parenting individuals accessing Medicaid.