Chapter 25. Global Issues in Maternal Health

  1. Raymond O. Powrie MD, FRCP, FACP Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology Senior Vice President3,
  2. Michael F. Greene MD Professor of Obstetrics Chief of Obstetrics4,5 and
  3. William Camann MD Associate Professor of Anaesthesia Director of Obstetric Anesthesiology6
  1. Rudiger Pittrof1,
  2. Moke Magoma1,
  3. Véronique Filippi1 and
  4. Medge D. Owen2

Published Online: 9 JUL 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323016.ch25

de Swiet's Medical Disorders in Obstetric Practice, Fifth Edition

de Swiet's Medical Disorders in Obstetric Practice, Fifth Edition

How to Cite

Pittrof, R., Magoma, M., Filippi, V. and Owen, M. D. (2010) Global Issues in Maternal Health, in de Swiet's Medical Disorders in Obstetric Practice, Fifth Edition (eds R. O. Powrie, M. F. Greene and W. Camann), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323016.ch25

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Quality and Clinical Effectiveness Women & Infants' Hospital of Rhode Island Providence, RI, USA

  2. 4

    Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School, USA

  3. 5

    Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA

  4. 6

    Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK

  2. 2

    Department of Anesthesia, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 JUL 2010
  2. Published Print: 18 JUN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405148474

Online ISBN: 9781444323016



  • global issues in maternal health;
  • international community, recognizing gravity of situation - improvement of maternal health as fifth of its eight millennium development goals (MDG);
  • maternal mortality and morbidity - levels and causes;
  • medical disorder role - in maternal mortality;
  • current strategies, to reduce maternal mortality;
  • lifetime risk of maternal death by region;
  • chronic medical conditions in pregnancy;
  • successful safe motherhood program - beyond obstetric causes of maternal deaths, achieving far more than maternal health;
  • global issues in obstetric anesthesia;
  • pain relief provision - basic human right, cultural and financial barriers impeding its administration


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Levels and causes of maternal mortality and morbidity

  • The role of medical disorders in maternal mortality

  • Global issues in obstetric anesthesia

  • References