A state task force held a meeting in Austin at the Texas Department of State Health and Services to try and get a better grasp on why a recent study shows women in Texas are dying from pregnancy-related causes at an alarming rate.

The data comes from a 2016 medical study that says Texas leads the nation in the rate of women dying from pregnancy-related issues.

A part of the task force's purpose is to find out if this is just a random anomaly or if something is happening in Texas to increase the likeliness.

While the task force is still working to figure out why this is happening, members talked in general about some preventative measures we can already start making such as: improved access to medical care before, during and after pregnancy, helping pregnant women be healthier, and the availability of pregnancy screenings as well.

The chair of the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force Lisa Hollier says today's issue must be taken seriously, especially since this can potentially impact so many people.

"It affects so many families. So what we're talking about is not just the loss of the mother, which is absolutely devastating in and of itself, but the dramatic negative effect it has on all of the members of their family," Hollier said,

The study also revealed a disproportionately high number of black women have died from pregnancy-related issues and that women from south and east Texas also bear a greater risk of severe pregnancy complications.