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Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health

Improving the health of mothers, babies and children

Overview Maternal and Perinatal Health
Maternal & Perinatal Mortality Surveillance
Saving Mothers' Lives
Obesity in Pregnancy
Neonatal Encephalopathy
Diabetes in Pregnancy
Access to Antenatal Care
CEMACH/UCL Diabetes Project
Local clinical audits

Child Health
Child Death Review
Head Injury Study

Saving Mothers' Lives


CEMACH produces triennial reports on its enquiries into maternal deaths. From the report for 2003-2005 these reports will be titled “Saving Mothers' Lives” (previously, Why Mothers Die). The reports contain the results of case reviews of all maternal deaths. They include analyses of trends and recommendations for improving clinical practice and for national policy on maternity. This continues the series of triennial reports undertaken by the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths (CEMD) since 1952.  The aim of the Enquiry is to help ensure that all pregnant and recently delivered women receive safe, high quality care delivered in appropriate settings based on their individual needs.  Addressing inequalities in access to and outcomes of care remains an important objective. 

The next “Saving Mothers' Lives” report (to be published in December 2007) will contain the results of enquiries into maternal deaths occurring between 2003 and 2005.

Why Mothers Die (2000-2002) Report - Please click here to download individual chapters (PDF)

Publications Information

The purpose of the launch day will be to present the findings of the report of the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH) on maternal deaths in the United Kingdom for the years 2003-2005.

The 2003-2005 report will be launched across the UK in December 2007. Please see our events page for further information. 

Interactive Workshops

CEMACH is planning to hold a series of interactive workshops on the Maternal Death Enquiry following the launch of the 2003-05 Report in December 2007.

It is intended that these workshops will encourage participants to consider and plan ways in which they can translate findings and recommendations into practice within their area of influence.

The format of these workshops will include: 

  • Introductory plenary presentations
  • Group work on the major recommendations from the report supported by case studies that exemplify the recommendations                  

Following the workshop, CEMACH will produce an anonymised report for the attending delegates which will include the views of the recommendations discussed and what actions they feel might be appropriate for their unit.

For further information on this project, please contact Rosie Houston on 020 7486 1191

Data Collection Forms and other useful documents

2006-08 Maternal death data collection form
2006-08 Maternal death data collection form front cover - Please complete