The data have been published ahead of the full Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care report, which will be published later this year. The key data show that:• The maternal death rate in 2020-22 was 13.41 deaths per 100,000 maternities. The maternal death rate for women from Asian ethnic backgrounds remains two times higher than that of White women;• Women living in the most deprived areas still have a maternal death rate more than twice that of women living in the least deprived areas. Professor Marian Knight, Director of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit and MBRRACE-UK maternal reporting lead, said: 'These data show that the UK maternal death rate has returned to levels that we have not seen for the past 20 years. The 2023 MBRRACE-UK maternal confidential enquiry report identified clear examples of maternity systems under pressure and this increase in maternal mortality raises further concern.