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Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 1995 Apr;102(4):282-7.

Postnatal maternal morbidity: extent, causes, prevention and treatment.

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University of Aberdeen Health Services Research Unit, Foresterhill, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the prevalence and causes of postnatal maternal morbidity.

DESIGN:

Questionnaire survey of postnatal patients. Further data extracted from SMR1 returns, case records and the Aberdeen Maternity and Neonatal Databank.

SETTING:

Postnatal care in a teaching maternity hospital, midwife delivery hospital, general practitioner maternity units and in the community.

SUBJECTS:

Twenty percent random sample of deliveries (1249 women) surveyed one week, eight weeks and 12 to 18 months after delivery.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Incidence of self reported maternal morbidity, treatment received, readmission rates and causes for readmission.

RESULTS:

Of mothers in the sample 85% (99% CI 82-88%) reported at least one health problem in hospital, rising to 87% (84-90%) of those at home; 76% (71-81%) reported at least one health problem after eight weeks post-delivery.

CONCLUSIONS:

Maternal morbidity is extensive and under-recognised after delivery. Measures to reduce and alleviate it must be sought.

PMID:
7612509
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