The World Health Organization, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Tunis carried out a thematic analysis of the qualitative literature published between 1998 and 2017 on how women experience maternal morbidity in low and lower-middle income countries.
With an estimated 27 million annual incidents of maternal morbidity globally, how they are manifested or experienced is diverse and shaped by societal, cultural and personal influences. Using qualitative research to examine a woman's perception of her pregnancy, its complications, and potential long-term impact on her life can inform public health approaches and complement and inform biomedical classifications of maternal morbidities.
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Photo: Ruma Akhtar with her newborn, at the Patuakhali District Hospital maternity ward, Bangladesh, in April 2018. ©UNICEF/Mawa