Violence During Pregnancy and Postpartum

Through analysis of local, state, and nationwide data, we aim to raise awareness of homicide as a leading cause of death during pregnancy and postpartum. While homicide mortality rates consistently exceed mortality rates due to common obstetric causes of death, it receives less attention by public health and clinical efforts to reduce maternal mortality. This research suggests that improved violence screening and prevention services during prenatal care may reduce maternal death. This work is supported in part by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health (R01HD092653).

Related Publications:

Violence As a Direct Cause of and Indirect Contributor to Maternal Death