This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the history, trends, and causes of maternal mortality. This book analyses the various systems of maternal care in different times and countries including Great Britain from 1900 to 1950, the US from 1850 to 1910, New Zealand, and Australia. It highlights the problems in measuring maternal mortality and some determinants of maternal mortality including obstetric haemorrhage, puerperal fever, toxaemia of pregnancy, and eclampsia.
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