Epidemiological profile of maternal deaths in a referral hospital for high-risk pregnancy


  • Maria Lucia Neto Menezes
  • Joana de Faria Oliveira Bezerra
  • Julia de Faria Oliveira Bezerra




Maternal Mortality, Pregnancy, High-Risk, Epidemiological Surveillance.


Objective: to describe the epidemiological profile of maternal deaths in a referral public hospital. Methods: it is aretrospective, descriptive study of cross-section type. Variables in the death certifications and maternal death investigationforms were analyzed. Results: there were 93 cases recorded, corresponding to the ratio of 228.4 maternal deaths per100,000 live births. Most of these deaths were from women aged 20-29 years old (47.3%), undergoing cesarean section(39.8%). Most deaths occurred in the postpartum period (66.7%), by direct obstetric causes (55.9%), especially: infection(28%), cardiovascular disease (20.4%) and lung disease (10.8%). Conclusion: maternal deaths occurred in a context ofsocio-economic unfavorable condition, especially affecting young women, black, victimized by infectious conditions andcardiovascular diseases. The importance of improving the quality of records, surveillance deaths and postnatal care wereevident.




How to Cite

Menezes, M. L. N., Bezerra, J. de F. O., & Bezerra, J. de F. O. (2015). Epidemiological profile of maternal deaths in a referral hospital for high-risk pregnancy. Rev Rene, 16(5), 714–721. https://doi.org/10.15253/2175-6783.2015000500013



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