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Maternal Mortality & Injustice: A Closer Look

Patton, Cheryl, M.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000389
Feature: missions

ABSTRACT: The incidence of maternal mortality rates (MMRs) is grossly higher in developing countries than in wealthier regions. Multiple factors are involved in the MMR. Much of the attention to lower deaths was given to biomedical causes. However, socioeconomic, healthcare availability, and cultural issues often impede a woman's chance of healthy maternal outcomes. Most maternal deaths are preventable. This article discusses the injustices that occur as a result of global maternal health disparities, and highlights organizations that are working to end preventable maternal deaths.

Cheryl M. Patton, MHSA, is a PhD candidate of Organizational Leadership at Eastern University. She also is an adjunct instructor for Grand Canyon University and Lock Haven University.

Accepted by peer-review 5/10/2016.

Published Ahead of Print on 2/27/17.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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