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Maternal and Infant Mortality

Irvine Loudon

in Death in Childbirth

Published in print November 1992 | ISBN: 9780198229971
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191678950 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229971.003.0029
Maternal and Infant Mortality

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This chapter examines the relationship between maternal and infant mortality. Case histories of major obstetric complications leading directly to the death of both mother and child suggest that the same factors probably determined the levels of infant and maternal mortality. However, a comparison of secular trends in different countries and regions reveals that there were no close links between maternal and infant mortality rates. It also reveals that the predominant form of infant mortality in the West was post-neonatal mortality in the 19th century and neonatal in the 20th century.

Keywords: maternal mortality; infant mortality; obstetric complications; post-neonatal mortality; neo-natal mortality

Chapter.  13064 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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