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in recent years, policymakers, researchers, and the public have focused considerable attention to the number of texas maternal deaths and severe health outcomes resulting from pregnancy and delivery. The department of state health services (dshs) is committed to improving maternal health and preventing maternal mortality and morbidity in texas. the maternal mortality rate in texas doubled from 2010 to 2014. Lisa hollier of texas maternal mortality and morbidity task force tells nprs scott simon its a complex problem. the maternal mortality rate for white (excluding other) women decreased to 27. Among hispanic women, the maternal mortality rate decreased to 17. However, rates based on small numbers may be misleading (see technical appendix). 2017 birth data come from national vital statistics reports, vol. 8 pdf icon leading cause of death data, including firearm, homicide, and drug poisoning mortality data, and infant mortality data come from cdc wonder and rankings and rates are based on 2017 age-adjusted death rates. Stats of the state of texas other texas mortality data (2013). Although adjusted for differences in age-distribution and population size, rankings by state do not. plus, in both the prior and updated mortality rates for texas in 2012, black women were still severely disproportionately affected compared with the overall rate of 14. to measure changes in texas maternal mortality rates, the researchers grouped deaths classified on death certificates as maternal into two five-year periods 2006 to 20 to 2015. Teen pregnancy and childbearing are at historic lows and there has been impressive progress on both fronts in all 50 states. The teen birth rate in texas declined 2018. Most teen births in texas (72) are to older teens (age 18-19). The texas health department insists both that the maternal mortality rate isnt especially bad, and that texas isnt an outlier in its errors on death certificates. 1 per 100,000 births how the state handles it louisiana has had a maternal mortality review program since 1992 but updated its process in 2010.