Maternal Health Services

Sohinee Bhattacharya*, Jacqueline S. Bell

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article describes the objectives, scope, and organization of maternity services during the antenatal, intrapartum, and postnatal periods in developing and developed countries. It also discusses the epidemiology and sociodemographic determinants of maternal mortality and morbidity and reviews some relevant issues such as utilization and financing of maternity services. Finally, it discusses some of the challenges of providing comprehensive maternity services and the implications for health policy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health
EditorsStella R. Quah
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780128037089
ISBN (Print)9780128036785
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2016


  • Antenatal
  • Health services
  • Intrapartum
  • Maternal mortality
  • Maternity
  • Perinatal mortality
  • Postnatal


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