We are working to improve maternal health by increasing women's access to quality care in healthcare facilities and communities across the U.S. Our progress to date:
Maternal mortality is on the rise in the U.S., even as it is declining globally.1 In fact, the U.S. is one of very few wealthy countries where the problem is getting worse, ranking 46th worldwide.2 In addition to the tragic deaths that occur during pregnancy and childbirth, more than 60,000 women per year — one every ten minutes — nearly die from complications of pregnancy or childbirth.3
By Priya Agrawal, Executive Director of Merck for Mothers
November 23, 2013
Sadly, there are communities in the United States that face challenges not all that different than those facing women in places like sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.Learn more
Dr. Doral Pulley lost his wife, Alecia, after she gave birth more than 20 years ago. Since then, the rate of women dying from complications of pregnancy and childbirth has nearly doubled in the U.S.
Pregnant women meet to discuss issues relating to their pregnancy and receive prenatal care at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers' (CCHP) centering pregnancy session in Camden, N.J.
A mother holds her newborn at her local health center. She is part of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers' centering pregnancy program, a new model of maternal and postpartum care for women.
Prenatal care is an important element of a safe and healthy childbirth experience. Every year, more than 50,000 women in the U.S. experience severe complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
This mother-to-be is enrolled in programs at the Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership that reduce the incidence of chronic health conditions among women of reproductive age.
This pregnant woman participated in a prenatal fitness/nutrition program at the Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership (NMPP). NMPP works to help improve women's health in pregnancy and childbirth.
It is important for pregnant women to receive care and support for a healthy and safe pregnancy and childbirth. Merck for Mothers is helping to fund community programs that support women throughout their pregnancy.
A community health worker emerges from her MOMobile in Philadelphia. Merck for Mothers is helping to support the Maternity Care Coalition's home-visiting program for high-risk pregnant women.
A Maternity Care Coalition client waits for a MOMobile community health worker to arrive at her house for pregnancy counseling, which includes education and support throughout pregnancy.
Reviewing and analyzing data around maternal mortality is a critical step in understanding why women die or suffer severe complications during pregnancy and childbirth in the U.S.
Merck for Mothers is partnering with key organizations that are helping the women they serve to receive the same high-quality obstetric care regardless of where they give birth.
1 WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank. "Trends in Maternal Mortality 1990-2015. http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/194254/1/9789241565141_eng.pdf?ua=1
3 Creanga, AA, Berg, CJ, Ko, JY, Farr, SL, Tong, VT, Bruce, FC, Callaghan, WM. Maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States: Where Are We Now? Journal of Women’s Health (Larchmt). 2014 Jan;23(1):3-9. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2013.4617. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3880915/