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Table 1 Number of deaths, percentual decrease and contribution to maternal direct obstetric deaths in 1990 and 2017 by cause of death. Maternal direct obstetrics deaths.a Global. 1990–2017. (n = 186). Estimated based on the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Maternal Health Atlas. Trends 1990–2017.(1)

From: Maternal mortality reduction: a need to focus actions on the prevention of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy

Cause of the death Number of deaths Percentual decrease Contribution to maternal direct obstetrics deaths (%)
1990 2017 1990 2017
Maternal Haemorrhage 128,097 38,542 70.0 44.6 25.0
Sepsis and other maternal infections 38,398 21,230 44.7 13.4 13.7
Hypertensive disorders 35,921 29,374 18.2 12.5 19.0
Obstructed labour & uterine rupture 21,453 12,976 23.6 7.5 8.4
Abortion & miscarriage 26,015 17,440 33.0 9.7 11.3
Ectopic pregnancy 13,417 10,201 24.0 4.7 6.6
Other maternal disorders 23,688 24,828 ––- 8.9 16.1
Total number of maternal direct obstetrics deaths 286,989 154,591 49.2   100.1
  1. aDirect obstetric deaths (or direct maternal deaths) are those “resulting from obstetric complications of the pregnant state (pregnancy, labour and puerperium), and from interventions, omissions, incorrect treatment, or from a chain of events resulting from any of the above