Amniotic Fluid Embolism:

Latest Concepts and Current Research

This site is intended to provide background on Amniotic Fluid Embolism and give readers information about on-going research about this leading cause of maternal mortality in developed countries.


The Need For More Research

Amniotic Fluid Embolism kills or injures several hundred mother-baby pairs in the United States every year.   Research is needed to understand the cause of the disease so that it can be prevented or more effectively treated.  Yet the importance of AFE extends far beyond its devastated victims.  At the present, there are no broadly accepted theories or mechanisms explaining how women can tolerate the presence of their fetus—50% of which comes from an unrelated father.