Whilst the number of direct pregnancy-related deaths has been steadily falling, the same cannot be said for indirect deaths linked to mental health. In fact almost a quarter of women who died due to indirect effects were due to mental health reasons and experts argue that these deaths were often unnecessary.
Using data from the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths (MBRRACE-UK), experts have assessed pregnancy-related deaths from 2009-2013 including reviews of more than 100 women who committed suicide during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth.
Journalists came to the Science Media Centre to hear about issues such as:
Prof. Marian Knight, NIHR Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health and Maternal Programme Lead for MBBRACE-UK, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford
Prof. Jenny Kurinczuk, Professor of Perinatal Epidemiology and National Programme Lead for MBRRACE-UK, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford