You asked

I'm just enquiring if you are able to break this FOI down for me please.

  • Month and year of Maternal Death.
  • How many of these Mothers died at home and what hospital's they were taken to after death?
  • How many Mothers had midwives all the way through their pregnancy?
  • How many midwives had midwives only part way through their pregnancy?
  • At what month of their pregnancy did they transfer to another hospital?

We said

Thank you for your query regarding maternal deaths data.

The ONS holds deaths registered to women where a pregnancy-related cause is listed on the death certificate and is then coded as the underlying cause (the O codes in the International Classification of Diseases) which can be found in Table 5.15

However, a maternal death is defined internationally as a death of a woman during or up to six weeks (42 days) after the end of pregnancy (whether the pregnancy ended by termination, miscarriage or a birth, or was an ectopic pregnancy) through causes associated with, or exacerbated by, pregnancy (World Health Organisation 2010).

To provide data to meet this definition the MBRRACE-UK programme of work is responsible for the national Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths (CEMD) within the United Kingdom:

The report of the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths 2011-2013 published 8 December 2015 can be found here:

Last year's report is available here:

This is your best source of data on maternal deaths and any queries should be directed to MBRACE-UK (