Maternal Sepsis Day

Maternal sepsis is a leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S.

Help us raise awareness and save lives!

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May 15th  is Maternal Sepsis Day, an annual observance to raise awareness of the unique signs and symptoms of maternal sepsis, bring to life the personal experiences of the women who endured it and remember those who have passed.

How you can help:

Help us create lifesaving training - click here

To combat maternal sepsis, Sepsis Alliance plans to produce a Maternal Sepsis Education Module to educate OB-GYNs, OB nurses, midwives, doulas, and all healthcare providers dedicated to women’s health about maternal sepsis. But, we need your help.

Will you give now to help develop this module, and save the lives and limbs of soon-to-be moms? You aren’t just helping save their lives, you are helping save their families.

This important module will include a medically-reviewed presentation, and implementable tools and resources to help healthcare providers recognize, treat and manage maternal sepsis. Plus, if we raise $50,000, we can also produce a maternal sepsis education video to be part of the module.


To help support the Maternal Sepsis Education Module, you can also create a Facebook fundraiser. To get started, click here.

Share your #MaternalSepsisStory - click here

If you experienced maternal sepsis share your story using the #MaternalSepsisStory hashtag on social media. When you share your sepsis story you help raise awareness and help others who have had similar experiences know that they are not alone. It can be as simple as a Facebook post, or it can be a creative video on Instagram. Your story could help save the life of a mom.

Remember to tag Sepsis Alliance at @SepsisAlliance.

Share the facts - click here

Did you know?

  • Maternal sepsis causes at least 261,000 maternal deaths every year worldwide.
  • According to the CDC, 12.7% of pregnancy-related deaths between 2011 and 2014 in the U.S. were due to infection or sepsis. That makes infection/sepsis the third leading cause of pregnancy-related death.
  • Black women are 3.3 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women in the U.S. Native American and Native Alaskan women are 2.5 times more likely to die than white women.
  • The number of cases of maternal sepsis is increasing. One study of the National Inpatient Sample, a national database, reported a 10% annual increase in cases of maternal severe sepsis and sepsis-related deaths in the U.S. between 1998 and 2008.
  • More than 50% of women who die from sepsis have one or more chronic co-occurring conditions, including chronic renal (kidney) disease, chronic liver disease, and congestive heart failure.

To download our complete fact sheet, click here.

*A complete list of references is included in the downloadable fact sheet.

What you need to know:

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