MBRRACE-UK (Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk Through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK) has recently published its report into maternal death and morbidity between 2016 – 2018, ‘Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care’.

The report is based on data relating to women who died during or up to one year after pregnancy between 2016 and 2018. It identifies that 217 women died during that period either during or up to six weeks after pregnancy.

It notes the causes of death, the most significant being cardiac disease. Other causes include blood clots, mental health conditions, epilepsy and sepsis. It identifies that there had been an increase since the period 2013-205 in the number of women whose death had been related to Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).

The report identifies other factors which may be relevant such as ethnicity, weight, pre-existing conditions, age.

It states that there continues to be a significant disparity between the mortality rate of white women in comparison with those from Black ethnic backgrounds and Asian ethnic backgrounds, experiencing roughly a four-fold and two-fold increase respectively.

It also identifies a number of areas where improvement in care could influence the outcomes for pregnant women.

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