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Study shows severe illnesses in pregnancy not being managed appropriately

7 February 2019 Emma Jolliff - Newshub

A new study has found only one-third of severe illnesses in pregnancy are being managed appropriately, and many of those illnesses are potentially preventable.

Severe maternal morbidity, or SMM, is a near-death experience in pregnancy, childbirth or the termination of a pregnancy.

“When we go through pregnancy we have different things that happen to us, we can have haemorrhages, high blood pressure, infections and all of these are life threatening,” says Beverley Lawton, a Professor of Women’s Health Research.

They also significantly increase the odds of harm or death for babies.

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