UK Maternal Mortality Rates Reach Two-Decade High

Maternal mortality rates in the UK have reached levels not seen since 2003-2005, according to a study by MBRRACE-UK. The maternal death rate in 2020-2022 was 13.41 deaths per 100,000 maternities, compared to 8.79 in 2017-2019. Thrombosis and thromboembolism were the leading causes of maternal death, followed by COVID-19, suicide, and sepsis. The report also highlighted disparities based on ethnicity and socioeconomic factors, with Black and Asian women facing higher risks, and those in deprived areas having more than double the mortality rates of those in less deprived areas. The study emphasizes a need for closer examination of healthcare practices and policies surrounding maternal care.

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