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Depression and obesity are major causes of maternal death in Britain

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 18 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1205

SA stats on Maternal Mortality for 2003

The SA Yearbook states obsetric haemorrhage to be the most common direct cause of death in level one institutions and that there was a significant decline in the number of women dying as a result of complications of abortion (1998:32 cases 5.7% of all maternal deaths and in 1999: 37 cases 5.2%. For 2000: 26 cases 3.9%.) Access to abortion is not available countrywide and many backstreet abortions continue.

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21 November 2004
F Jones
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