13 Dec 2011 | Perinatal & Maternal Mortality Review Committee
Beyond the numbers: classifying contributory factors and potentially avoidable maternal deaths in New Zealand, 2006 - 2009. Cynthia Farquhar, Lynn Sadler, Vicki Masson, Gillian Bohm, Alastair Haslam.
This American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology article considers a new classification system for contributory factors in, and potential avoidability of, maternal deaths and to determine the contributory factors and potential avoidability among four years of maternal deaths in New Zealand.
It concludes that almost one-third of maternal deaths in New Zealand can be considered to be potentially avoidable. This methodology has the potential to develop areas for improvement in the quality of maternity care.
The article is attached below.