Worldwide more than half a million women die every year in pregnancy and childbirth.
The leading cause of maternal death is haemorrhage.
Every year in Australia:
• Over 1,700 babies are stillborn (the rate of stillbirths is almost double the number of deaths reported for all children between the ages of 1-14 years)
• 4,000 babies are born very early
• 7,600 babies are born very small
• One in ten women may experience high blood pressure in pregnancy, which sometimes can be life-threatening
• Babies born early and/or small are at increased risk of high blood pressure, stroke or diabetes in later life