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December 16, 1950


Author Affiliations


Director (Dr. Dickinson) and Associate in Mathematics (Dr. Welker), Bureau of Medical Economic Research, American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1950;144(16):1395-1400. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.62920160011023

The downward trend of maternal mortality in the United States continued through 1949, according to data collected from the state health departments. Provisional reports received in correspondence with the states furnished information on the numbers of live births and maternal deaths for 47 states and the District of Columbia. With the 1948 data for the nonreporting state, Rhode Island, an estimated maternal mortality rate of slightly less than one maternal death per 1,000 live births was obtained for the United States in 1949. The maternal mortality problem in the United States is no longer a serious national problem but is, rather, one for local action in those areas in which maternal mortality rates are still relatively high. The rate for the United States has been declining rather steadily since 1933, the first year in which all the states were in the birth and death registration areas. The rate for 1933

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