In 2015-17, 209 women died during or up to six weeks after pregnancy, from causes associated with their pregnancy, among 2,280,451 women giving birth in the UK.
9.2 women per 100,000 died during pregnancy or up to six weeks after childbirth or the end of pregnancy.
Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of women’s deaths during or after pregnancy in the UK and Ireland. There has been no reduction in the maternal mortality rate from heart disease in the UK for more than 15 years. Heart disease can and does affect young women, and the additional strain that pregnancy places on the heart can reveal cardiac complications for the first time. This report, the sixth MBRRACE-UK annual report of the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity, includes surveillance data on women who died during or up to one year after pregnancy between 2015 and 2017 in the UK.