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The Failure of United States Maternal Mortality Reporting and Its Impact on Women’s Lives

MacDorman, Marian F.; Declercq, Eugene

Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey: November 2018 - Volume 73 - Issue 11 - p 615–616
doi: 10.1097/OGX.0000000000000617
OBSTETRICS: ETHICS, MEDICOLEGAL ISSUES, AND PUBLIC POLICY

(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.)

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