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The Magnitude of Maternal Mortality: Definitions and Methods of Measurement

  • Roger W. Rochat

Abstract

Over 200 million women become pregnant each year and 130 million bear children. Each year nearly 500,000 women die as a result of complications of pregnancy or childbearing. Ninety-nine percent of these deaths would be prevented if the lowest mortality rates in developed countries were achieved worldwide. Moreover, all regions of the World Health Organization (WHO) give high priority to lowering maternal mortality to achieve ‘Health for A11’ by the year 2000. Even in developed countries with low maternal mortality, such as the United States, an estimated 50 percent or more of maternal deaths are preventable—and lowering the rate to five per 100,000 live births is among the United States’ stated public health priorities.

Keywords

Prenatal Care Maternal Mortality Maternal Death Ectopic Pregnancy State Health Department 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Roger W. Rochat
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Community HealthEmory University School of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.Office of the DirectorCenters for Disease ControlAtlantaUSA

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