Every day around the world, approximately 830 women die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Almost all of these deaths occur in low-resource settings and most can be prevented. Maternal death is defined as the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of the end of pregnancy. The maternal mortality ratio (also referred to as maternal mortality rate) is the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births and is compared internationally as an indicator of development and quality of care.
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