MBRRACE UK report brings to life data behind maternal deaths and suggests key actions that could save lives
In October, MBRRACE-UK released a comprehensive report looking at the cause of deaths of women while pregnant and up to a year after being pregnant. MBRRACE-UK (Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK) is a research group led by academics at the University of Oxford who complete detailed enquiries into maternal mortality.
Whilst globally, the UK is a relatively safe place to give birth, in 2019-2021 11.7 women per 100,000 died during pregnancy or up to six weeks after the end of pregnancy. Every maternal death is one too many and the MBRRACE report helps highlight why this is happening and provides specific medical and social actions that can be taken to save lives.
The report provides a vital opportunity, based on evidence, to learn lessons and improve care women receive prenatally and postnatally.