Maternal Morbidity

  • Melisa M. AdamsEmail author

Despite the popular notion that pregnancy is a time of heightened well-being for women, the opposite is often true. The absolute risk of death from pregnancy is low in developed countries. Risks for pregnancy-related mortality, however, continue to be high for women in developing countries, who often have limited ability to control their fertility and limited access to emergency obstetrical services. The persistent loss of productivity as well as the suffering associated with maternal morbidity and mortality justify the study of these problems. Recent clinical and public health focus has been mostly on the infant, rather than on the mother.

This chapter presents pregnancy-related health conditions, which are of interest not only by their own importance, but also because of their repercussions for fetal and infant health. We emphasize the risk of a specific morbidity in each of a woman’s pregnancies, rather than the risk of that morbidity for a woman in any of her pregnancies. We focus...


Gestational Diabetes Cesarean Delivery Ectopic Pregnancy Postpartum Depression Maternal Morbidity 
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Body Mass Index


Cephalopelvic disproportion


Current procedural terminology


Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale


Hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes


International Classification of Diseases


National Center for Health Statistics


National Hospital Discharge Survey


Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System


State inpatient databases


Urinary tract infection


World Health Organization


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