Objective: To study severe acute maternal morbidity and maternal death in Ayder teaching Hospital.
Methodology: Facility-based survey of severe acute maternal morbidity and maternal death with consecutive entry of cases
from records for all pregnant, recently delivered or aborted patients who appeared and were admitted to Ayder referral teaching
Hospital from January, 2008 through December, 2010.
Results: There were 2107 hospitalizations for maternal health services; of these, 204 were severe acute maternal morbidities
and 9 direct maternal deaths with almost 23 severe acute morbidities for each maternal death, with an overall rate of severe
acute maternal morbidity of 101 per 1000 deliveries and a maternal mortality ratio of 427 per 100,000 live births.
Conclusion: In the era of countdown to 2015 and with the meager chance of Millennium Development Goals (MDG5) being
achieved in many African countries, including Ethiopia, the analysis of severe acute maternal morbidity along with maternal
death should be a new paradigm in the assessment of maternal health and its progress at all levels. Ayder Teaching Hospital
should have its own uniform criteria for inclusion of severe acute maternal morbidity based on other hospitals’ experiences and
the scientific plausibility to tackle facility-based avoidable severe maternal morbidity and mortality. Furthermore, a prospective
study should be done to exactly know the level of substandard care(Ethiopian Journal of Reproductive Health , 2012,6(1): 56-63).
Key Words: Near miss, maternal, mortality, morbidity, Ayder, Survey, pregnancy, complication