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Morbidity and mortality in pregnancy: laying the groundwork for safe motherhood.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16920522     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Safe Motherhood Initiative is a global effort to reduce deaths and illnesses among women and infants. Despite the relatively low maternal mortality rate in the United States, ensuring safe motherhood is still critical. For several reasons, it is important to study maternal mortality and morbidity. First, the pregnancy-related mortality ratio has not declined; second, evidence suggests that at least half of pregnancy-related deaths may be preventable through changes in patient, provider, or system factors; and third, mortality rates are disproportionately high among certain racial and ethnic groups. In addition, deaths are only the tip of the iceberg: maternal morbidity also represents a huge burden of disease for women and their families. Broadening the research focus and prevention efforts to include the study of maternal morbidity, especially near-miss morbidity-life-threatening morbidity-can strengthen the study of maternal death. This paper presents an overview of maternal mortality and morbidity including incidence and etiology, issues and challenges for measurement, and issues of preventability. We also address specific strategies for change for health care providers, federal and state health agencies, and the public health community.
Stacie E Geller; Suzanne M Cox; William M Callaghan; Cynthia J Berg
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Women's health issues : official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1049-3867     ISO Abbreviation:  Womens Health Issues     Publication Date:    2006 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-08-21     Completed Date:  2006-10-17     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9101000     Medline TA:  Womens Health Issues     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  176-88     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, 60612, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Ethnic Groups
Health Priorities / organization & administration
Health Promotion / organization & administration*
Maternal Mortality*
Maternal Welfare*
Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology*,  mortality,  prevention & control
Primary Health Care / organization & administration*
Quality Assurance, Health Care / organization & administration
Socioeconomic Factors
United States
Women's Health

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