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Maternal Sepsis Week

Event date: 5/14/2023 12:00 AM - 5/20/2023 11:30 PM Export event

maternal sepsis week flyer

May 14th to May 20th.

Maternal Sepsis Fact Sheet


  • Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.
  • According to the World Health Organization maternal sepsis refers to sepsis that results from infection during pregnancy, childbirth, post-abortion, or postpartum period.

Who it Hurts:

  • While sepsis is an equal-opportunity killer, impacting the sick, the well, and people of all ages, some groups are more likely to be affected.
  • These include very young children, older adults, those with a weakened immune system, racial and ethnic minorities, and lower income individuals and families.


  • The risk of sepsis can be reduced by preventing or quickly identifying and managing infections.
  • This includes practicing good hygiene, staying current with vaccinations, and seeking treatment when infections are suspected.


  • Sepsis is a medical emergency that requires urgent attention and rapid treatment for survival.
  • Sepsis can be treated and, in many instances, lives are saved by using existing and proven protocols.


  • Many individuals fully recover from sepsis, while others may have long-lasting effects, such as amputations or organ dysfunction, like kidney failure.
  • Other after-effects of sepsis are less obvious, such as memory loss, anxiety, or depression.


When it comes to sepsis, remember It’s About TIME:

T – Temperature - higher or lower than normal

I - Infection – may have signs or symptoms of infection

M – Mental Decline - confused, sleepy, difficult to rouse

E – Extremely ill – “I feel like I might die,” severe pain or discomfort

Maternal Sepsis Facts

  • The U.S. has the third highest rate of maternal mortality of all high-income countries, with an estimated 2.6 maternal deaths per 10,000 live births.
  • In the U.S., Black women are 3.3 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes.
  • American Indian and Alaskan Native women 2.5 times more likely, than white women.
  • Maternal sepsis is estimated to complicate 10 cases per 10,000 live births in the U.S.
  • Sepsis causes at least 261,000 maternal deaths every year worldwide, accounting for approximately 11% of all maternal deaths.
  • Globally, maternal sepsis is estimated at 5.7 million cases each year.
  • Sepsis in pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of preterm birth, prolonged recovery, stillbirth, and maternal death.3 A recent study found that maternal sepsis was associated with more than 6 times the risk of infant death compared to birth outcomes of healthy mothers.
  • Black maternal patients have more than twice the risk of severe maternal sepsis as compared to their white counterparts.
Categories: Minority Health

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