Risk Factors and Maternal Mortality

  • G. Lyons
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Figures relating to maternal mortality are only as good as their source. In the United Kingdom enquiries into maternal death have been made continuously since 1928 and provide the best continuous data available in the developed world [1]. Any deficiency is likely to be due to underreporting. In the 1940s, estimates that up to 40% of deaths might be excluded from data collection led to a more effective method of collection. One North American source speculates that, in the US, as many as half pregnancy related deaths go unreported [2]. The Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths in the United Kingdom 1991–3 reports 99% of known maternal deaths [3]. If some wealthy western nations with comprehensive administrations are unable to collect accurate data, statistics quoted for third world nations could be little more than speculative.


Maternal Mortality Maternal Death Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome Hypertensive Disorder Amniotic Fluid Embolism 
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