Pre-existing medical conditions are an important factor in maternal deaths from pregnancy complications

A new study led by the NPEU and funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has found that 70% of the increased risk associated with maternal death from pregnancy complications could be attributed to six factors.  The most important of these was pre-existing medical conditions, followed by previous pregnancy problems, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, inadequate use of antenatal care, substance misuse and Indian ethnicity. Read the full article.