‎What is SMM?

The term severe maternal morbidity (SMM) is used to collectively describe a number of life-threatening and debilitating conditions that occasionally occur during pregnancy and childbirth.
These conditions include:
  • Severe preeclampsia, HELLP syndrome, and eclampsia
  • Severe hemorrhage
  • Maternal ICU admission
  • Surgical complications
  • Hysterectomy
  • Sepsis
  • Embolism, shock, and disseminated intravascular coagulation
  • Assisted ventilation
  • Cardiac conditions
  • Acute renal failure
  • Severe uterine rupture
  • Cerebrovascular events
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