Consequences to the mother

The problem is more than one of mortality. Little doubt exists that for every woman who dies, there are at least 20-30 who suffer (1) Failure of or impaired lactation leading to an undernourished child prone to infections, especially if born preterm (2) Anemia leading to susceptibility to post-partum infections, ranging from simple endometritis to severe puerperal sepsis, which in itself can be a cause of maternal death later in the puerperium (3) Deterioration of existent diseases, especially...