Honors Program


Date of this Version

Fall 2021

Document Type



Burr, Erin. "Why Maternal Mortality Rates in the United States Are on the Rise." Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 2021.


Copyright Erin Burr 2021.


Maternal mortality is a rising problem in the United States. When compared to the rates in other industrialized countries, the maternal deaths per 100,000 births are not only higher in the US, but also rising. This is a major concern for the US. This article discusses the potential constituents and contributing factors to this concerning statistic. These include the impacts of socioeconomic status and maternal care providers on maternal outcomes with respect to nutritional health and prenatal care. It will also discuss what the US is doing to address the problem and improve the standards.