A new report highlights a rise in pregnancy-related deaths in California.
Over the last decade, the maternal mortality rate in California has nearly tripled. The national rate in 2006 was 13.3 per 100,000 (see chart right for state numbers).
Out of the about 500,000 live births in California in 2006, 95 women died from causes directly related to their pregnancies, according to the report.
According to estimates, less than 30 percent of the increase is attributable to better reporting on death certificates, California Watch reported.
The official report from the state has yet to be released.
"There was no effort to hold that report back. It just needed some more revisions," said Al Lundeen of the California Department of Public Health.