Maternal health refers to the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. While motherhood is often a positive and fulfilling experience, for too many women it is associated with suffering, ill-health and even death.
The major direct causes of maternal morbidity and mortality include haemorrhage, infection, high blood pressure, unsafe abortion, and obstructed labour.
WHO programmes and activities
Maternal health in WHO regions
- Trends in maternal mortality 1990 to 2010
- Counselling for maternal and newborn health care
- WHO guidelines on maternal and reproductive health