Every day, around 830 women die each day from preventable complications related to pregnancy and birth, such as pre-eclampsia, sepsis, and postpartum hemorrhage.

Almost all maternal deaths occur in locations where women lack access to antenatal care in pregnancy, skilled care during childbirth, and care and support in the weeks after childbirth. The risk is greater for adolescent girls aged 15 years or younger, and women living in poor or rural communities.

Between 1990 and 2015, international efforts have helped to reduce the maternal mortality ratio by 44 percent across the globe. This is a huge achievement, but there is still a long way to go.

FIGO is committed to ensuring that women’s specific health needs during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period are met.

From a new definition of skilled health personnel providing care during childbirth, to recommendations for staffing requirements, combatting pre-eclampsia and addressing the global C-section epidemic, we believe that OBGYNs working in partnership with midwives, nurses and other providers is the best way to improve outcomes for all women.

Our projects tackle some of the root causes of maternal morbidity and mortality, including achievement of sexual and reproductive health and rights. As a Member of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) Board with commitments to UN Every Woman Every Child, we share best practice and advocate to reduce maternal mortality.