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Leading Causes of Maternal Mortality, 2007

Leading Causes of Maternal Mortality, 2007
Causes Deaths per 100,000 Live Births

*Deaths occurring in the period immediately after delivery.

**Deaths from pre-existing conditions complicated by pregnancy.

Source II.1: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System.

Direct Causes Complications related to the puerperium* 2.2
Eclampsia and pre-eclampsia 1.5
Hemorrhage of pregnancy, childbirth, and placenta previa 0.9
Pregnancy with abortive outcome 0.7
Other direct causes 3.8
Indirect causes** 3.1
Unspecified cause 0.5

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