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February 6, 1926

MATERNAL MORTALITY IN MASSACHUSETTS: A STUDY OF NINE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FOUR DEATHS IN THE PUERPERAL STATE

JAMA. 1926;86(6):408-413. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670320022008
Abstract

This paper is intended to give the results of a study of all the deaths occurring in Massachusetts during the years 1922 and 1923 among women six months or more pregnant, from causes immediately related to pregnancy or childbirth, or from causes in which pregnancy or childbirth was a controlling factor. Certain facts should be emphasized at the beginning.

1. This paper is not intended as a general discussion of mortality in the puerperal state, though it is hoped that the facts presented will be useful as a source of information on which such a discussion could be based in part.

2. No attempt is made to compute mortality rates from these figures. They are not complete, since deaths of women dying before the sixth month of gestation are not included and since deaths occurring after one month post partum are excluded. It was found impossible to approach accuracy with

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