Findings from the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review in Massachusetts showed that one-third of pregnancy-associated deaths between 1990-1999 were injury-related and that homicide was the leading cause of all pregnancy-associated deaths. Two-thirds of homicide deaths were known or alleged cases of domestic violence. Other causes of injury-related deaths included motor vehicle collisions, drug overdose and suicide. Over 75% of injury related deaths occurred between 6 weeks and one year postpartum, while 9 out of 10 homicides occurred between 6 months and one year postpartum.

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This information is provided by the Early Interventions Partnerships Program within the Department of Public Health.