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Am J Public Health. 2005 Mar;95(3):471-7.

Homicide: a leading cause of injury deaths among pregnant and postpartum women in the United States, 1991-1999.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 4770 Buford Highway, NE, Mail Stop K-21, Atlanta, GA 30341-3724, USA. jchang@cdc.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We identified risk factors for pregnancy-associated homicide (women who died as a result of homicide during or within 1 year of pregnancy) in the United States from 1991 to 1999.

METHODS:

Pregnancy-associated homicides were analyzed with data from the Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

RESULTS:

Six hundred seventeen (8.4%) homicide deaths were reported to the Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System. The pregnancy-associated homicide ratio was 1.7 per 100000 live births. Risk factors included age younger than 20 years, Black race, and late or no prenatal care. Firearms were the leading mechanism for homicide (56.6%).

CONCLUSIONS:

Homicide is a leading cause of pregnancy-associated injury deaths.

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PMID:
15727979
PMCID:
PMC1449204
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2003.029868
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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