n Obstetrics and Gynaecology Forum - Alert for maternal deaths due to obstetric haemorrhage : review

Volume 23, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1027-9148



Maternal deaths due to obstetric haemorrhage are the second most common cause of maternal death in South Africa and the most common direct obstetric cause. As the table below shows, both numbers and rates of deaths from this cause have increased in the last decade.

Over 80 % of all these deaths are avoidable. They occur at all levels of care, but are most frequent at district and regional hospitals.
Of particular concern is the increasing number of women who die from bleeding associated with Caesarean Section (C/S) (about 60 women every year, constituting 27.6% of all haemorrhage deaths).

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