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Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health - Maternal Deaths

Creator:

Hospital Trusts

Subject Keywords: Maternal deaths
Type: Website
Region: United Kingdom
Description:

The Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH) aims to improve the health of mothers, babies and children by carrying out confidential enquiries and related work on a nationwide basis and by widely disseminating findings and recommendations. Maternal mortality is defined as death of either a pregnant woman or death of woman within 42 days of delivery, spontaneous abortion or termination providing the death is associated with pregnancy or its treatment. Deaths are classified as direct or indirect. Direct maternal deaths are deaths resulting from obstetric complications of the pregnant state (pregnancy, labour and puerperium), from interventions, omissions, incorrect treatment, or from a chain of events resulting from any of the above. Indirect maternal deaths are deaths resulting from previous existing disease, or disease that developed during pregnancy and which was not due to direct obstetric causes, but which was aggravated by the physiologic effects of pregnancy. CEMACH reports the following measures of maternal mortality: UK Enquiry maternal mortality rates; Direct and Indirect deaths per 100,000 maternities. The internationally defined Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR); Direct and Indirect deaths per 100,000 live births. This measure is used for international comparison. Deaths from obstetric causes per 100,000 estimated pregnancies. As data from spontaneous abortions and ectopic pregnancies are unreliable this denominator is only used when calculating rates of death in early pregnancy.

Date:

01/06/2010

Rights: © CEMACH
Suggested citation:

Hospital Trusts. (2010) Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health - Maternal Deaths [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/8389 [Accessed: 21st September 2019].

  

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