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Definition of Rate, maternal mortality

Rate, maternal mortality: The number of maternal deaths related to childbearing divided by the number of live births (or by the number of live births + fetal deaths) in that year. The maternal mortality rate in the United States in 1993 (and 1994) was 0.1 per 1,000 live births, or 1 mother dying per 10,000 live births.

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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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