Health Research Program
Focus Areas: Care-seeking behavior
Content Type: Published articles
Author(s): Maricianah Onono, Gladys Ombonya Odhiambo, Ouma Congo, Lawrence Wandei Waguma, Titus Serem, Mildred Anyango Owenga, and Pauline Wekesa
Published: November 2019
Annually, 303,000 women die from pregnancy-related complications, and almost all of them occur in developing countries, particularly in Africa and Asia. Approximately 60% of the maternal deaths are due to sepsis, hemorrhage, hypertensive disorders, obstructed labor, and unsafe abortion. In addition, for each woman who dies as the direct or indirect result of pregnancy, a significantly higher number experience a life-threatening complication that will require attention of skilled obstetric caregivers to prevent morbidity and mortality. Nearly 10% of mothers suffer a maternal complication during pregnancy or in the intra-partum period, and up to 40% may have morbidities post-birth that are attributable to the pregnancy or birth. Most of these complications are treatable and preventable during antenatal care (ANC) and if births are overseen by skilled birth attendants. Furthermore, neonatal and maternal mortality and morbidity are closely linked. About one-third of neonatal deaths occur during the first twenty-four hours of birth.

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