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Lessons from the UK and Ireland confidential enquiries into maternal deaths 2015-17

 

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Lessons from the UK and Ireland confidential enquiries into maternal deaths 2015-17

This is the sixth annual report produced for the maternal, newborn and infant clinical outcome review programme.

The authors analysed 2.3 million pregnancies from 2015-2017 in the UK and Ireland. During that three-year period, 209 women in the UK and Ireland died during their pregnancies or up to six weeks afterwards from pregnancy-related causes. This is equivalent to just over nine women per 100,000. The leading cause of maternal deaths in the UK is still cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks, heart failure and heart rhythm problems, and there has been no reduction in maternal deaths from heart-related causes for more than 15 years. More...