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Pregnancy and Maternal Conditions that Increase Risk of Morbidity and Mortality Virtual Workshop

May 19 - 20 , 2020
NIH Videocast


What causes maternal mortality—deaths related to pregnancy or giving birth—and what can we do to reduce U.S. rates? Join us May 19-20 for a virtual workshop on the clinical causes of maternal mortality and morbidity (short- and long-term health problems related to pregnancy and giving birth).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 700 American women die from pregnancy or delivery complications each year, and the majority of those deaths are driven by cardiovascular conditions and its risk factors. This virtual workshop brings together an interdisciplinary team of experts to discuss the latest research and strategies for reducing U.S. mortality rates exploring:

  • Why women die from certain conditions (e.g., postpartum hemorrhage, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, infection, etc.), 
  • What can be done to identify patients at risk, and 
  • What interventions are required to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality.

NIH-supported scientists, including many from NHBLI, will discuss their research in areas, including:

  • Maternal sleep apnea
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Preeclampsia
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Chronic hypertension
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Amniotic fluid embolism 
  • Thromboembolic disorders

NHLBI is jointly sponsoring the event with NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Office of Research on Women’s Health and the Office of Disease Prevention. Registration is now closed, but interested individuals may watch on NIH VideoCast. Submit questions in advance to

View the workshop agenda.

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