Why is it important to measure maternal mortality?
How is maternal mortality defined?
How are maternal and pregnancy-related deaths identified?
What are the indicators of maternal mortality?
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Basic Information: How is maternal mortality defined?

A pregnancy-related death is defined as:

This is a time-of-death definition.

A maternal death is defined as:

This definition requires cause-of-death information so that incidental causes can be excluded and maternal deaths can be subdivided into two groups: direct obstetric deaths and indirect obstetric deaths.

A late maternal death is defined as:

A direct obstetric death is defined as:

An indirect obstetric death is defined as:

Source: International statistical classification of diseases and related health problems, 10th Revision. Geneva: World Health Organization.