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Maternal death rate in UK rises to highest level in 20 years

BMJ 2024; 384 doi: (Published 11 January 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;384:q62
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The number of women dying in the UK during or soon after pregnancy has increased to levels not seen since 2003-05, latest figures show.

In 2020-22 there were 13.41 deaths in every 100 000 maternities,1 significantly higher than the maternal death rate of 8.79 deaths per 100 000 in 2017-19 and similar to 2003-05 (13.95 per 100 000).

The data, from a collaboration investigation by MBRRACE-UK (Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries), show that even …

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