(Abstracted from Birth 2018;45:105–108)
Maternal mortality is a significant public health problem and an important indicator of the quality of health care both nationally and internationally. The death of a mother during pregnancy, childbirth, or postpartum is one of the greatest tragedies that can occur within a family, with wide-ranging consequences for the index child, other family members, and the larger society.
Maryland Population Research Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (M.F.M.); and Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA (E.D.)