Maternal Mortality

Department of Health written question – answered on 16th December 2014.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the socio-economic breakdown is of maternal deaths in each of the last five years for which information is available.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Data on the socio-economic classification of maternal deaths has been published as part of the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity. ‘Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care – Lessons learned to inform future maternity care from the UK and Ireland Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity 2009 – 2012’ was published on 9 December 2014 and can be found at:

The report does not break down the data by individual year. The figures for all maternal deaths in 2009 – 2012 in the United Kingdom, shown by socio-economic status, are in the following table:

Socio-economic status (Index of Multiple Deprivation of postcode of residence)

Total (n = 321)

Frequency (%)

First quartile (Least deprived)

38 (11.8%)

Second quartile

42 (13.1%)

Third quartile

48 (14.9%)

Fourth quartile

80 (24.9%)

Fifth quartile

95 (29.6%)


18 (5.6%)

Socio-economic status (Occupational classification)

Employed (Either woman or partner)

201 (62.6%)

Unemployed (Both)

46 (14.3%)


74 (23.1%)

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