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Research Letter
February 3, 2020

Homicide During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period in Louisiana, 2016-2017

Author Affiliations
  • 1Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Women’s Community Health Education Center, Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2National Birth Equity Collaborative, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 3Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans
JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(4):387-388. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.5853

Maternal mortality in the United States is on the rise,1 mobilizing programmatic and policy responses at local, state, and federal levels. A growing number of jurisdictions identify homicide as a leading cause of death during pregnancy and the postpartum period, yet relative to the attention paid to obstetric causes of death, rigorous examination of mortality from nonobstetric causes during pregnancy and the postpartum period is rare, particularly in comparison with similar investigations of women who were not pregnant.

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