Risk Factors and Newborn Outcomes Associated With Maternal Deaths in the UK From 2009 to 2013: A National Case-control Study

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(BJOG. 2016;123:1654–1662)

Studies have identified several factors associated with the progression of serious pregnancy complications to maternal death, including medical comorbidities, inadequate antenatal care, and sociodemographic factors. However, identification of differences between the normal pregnant population and those who die from complications during pregnancy or childbirth could be valuable when working to update and improve current pregnancy care pathways focused on the management and/or prevention of risks and complications during pregnancy and childbirth. This current study aimed to determine the risk factors for maternal deaths from direct and indirect causes in the UK between 2009 and 2013 as well as any adverse fetal and newborn outcomes associated with the deaths.

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