Medical Principles in Obstetrical Consults

The ideal pregnancy should be medically uncomplicated. In contrast, maternal mortality in the United States equates to approximately 3 deaths per day and averages approximately 1 in 4000 live births (a total of 1063 deaths in 2015).1 Moreover, the annual number of maternal deaths has nearly doubled in the last 25 years for the United States, unlike most other causes of mortality in young adults.1 Of course, the majority of women survive, yet 1 in 10 will suffer from some illness during pregnancy, amounting to approximately 800,000 total cases in 2015 for the United States.

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