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: What are the indicators of maternal mortality?

Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR):

  • number of maternal deaths in a period per number live births during same period

MMR

MMRatio

MMRatio

(LTR: lifetime risk; TFR: total fertility rate)

Maternal Mortality Rate (MMRate):

  • number of maternal deaths in a period per number of women of reproductive age during same period

MMRate

MMRate

MMRate

Lifetime Risk (LTR):

  • probability of a woman dying from maternal causes over course of her reproductive life span
  • Sometimes approximated as 35 x MMRate

LTR

LTR

Proportion Maternal Among Deaths of Women of Reproductive Age (PMDF):

  • reflects contribution of maternal deaths to overall mortality among women of reproductive age

PMDR

Case Fatality Rate:

  • reflects the number of women who die from a specific complication among all pregnant or recently delivered women who experience that complication