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Tulane researcher to study maternal mortality

November 11, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Tulane researcher is looking at pregnancy-associated mortality in the U.S. and Louisiana.

The Advocate of New Orleans reports that Maeve Wallace, a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist, has received two grants totaling $2.4 million to study the issue.

Wallace is at Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

She and her team will look at how state-level policies play a role in mortality. They’ll also look at why black women are more likely than white women to die during pregnancy or post-partum periods.

The grants come from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development.

According to a 2018 report by the United Health Foundation, Louisiana ranked second only to Georgia in maternal mortality. Rates in Louisiana were more than double the national average.

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Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, http://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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