Variations in maternal mortality remain one of the starkest health injustices in the world is a new paper written by Prof Andrew Shennan OBE professor of obstetrics, (APEC Chair of Trustees), Marcus Green, CEO APEC and Alexandra E Ridout, senior registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology.

It states: “Any death related to pregnancy is devastating. Equally shocking are the avoidable discrepancies in worldwide maternal mortality. Some of the longest audits in the world (since 1952) relate to tracking the causes of maternal death in the United Kingdom, and lessons learnt have been effective in reducing mortality. As deaths have become rarer, lessons from individual tragedies continue to guide clinicians’ actions. ”