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Am J Public Health. 2003 Apr;93(4):631-4.

Magnitude of maternal morbidity during labor and delivery: United States, 1993-1997.

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National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA. idanel@worldbank.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study sought to determine the prevalence of maternal morbidity during labor and delivery in the United States.

METHODS:

Analyses focused on National Hospital Discharge Survey data available for women giving birth between 1993 and 1997.

RESULTS:

The prevalence of specific types of maternal morbidity was low, but the burden of overall morbidity was high. Forty-three percent of women experienced some type of morbidity during their delivery hospitalization. Thirty-one percent (1.2 million women) had at least 1 obstetric complication or at least 1 preexisting medical condition.

CONCLUSIONS:

Maternal morbidity during delivery is frequent and often preventable. Reducing maternal morbidity is a national health objective, and its monitoring is key to improving maternal health.

PMID:
12660209
PMCID:
PMC1447802
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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