As a global health journal, we are acutely aware of the huge mortality burden that pregnancy and childbirth still confer. According to a 2023 report, a woman dies.
from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth every 2 mins, and almost 95% of maternal deaths occur in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). Death is, of course, the most severe possible obstetric outcome, and the unacceptably high mortality rates must be addressed urgently. However,
death is not the only concern.