World health organization

10 facts on maternal health

An ill mother of twins comforted by neighbours in India.
UNICEF/Anita Khemka

Fact 3

More than 135 million women give birth per year

About 20 million of them are estimated to experience pregnancy-related illness after childbirth. The list of morbidities is long and diverse, and includes fever, anaemia, fistula, incontinence, infertility and depression. Women who suffer from fistula are often stigmatized and ostracized by their husbands, families and communities.

© WHO. All rights reserved.