(Abstracted from Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2019;98(4):515–522)
Severe maternal morbidity (SMM) is defined as life-threatening complications in pregnancy, or within 42 days of the termination of the pregnancy. The rate of SMM is rising globally, and minorities have higher rates; in high-resource countries, the reported prevalence is reported as 3.8 to 13.8 per 1000 deliveries.
Center for Women's Health Research, Te Tatai Hauora O Hine Faculty of Health, Victoria University of Wellington (B.A.L., E.J.M.); and Dean's Department, University of Otago (J.S.), Wellington, New Zealand; and Hutt Valley District Heath Board, Lower Hutt (K.D.), New Zealand; and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL (S.E.G.)