Maternal mortality in fiction

Maternal death in fiction is a common theme encountered in literature, movies, and other media.

The death of a mother during pregnancy, childbirth or puerperium is a tragic event. The chances of a child surviving such an extreme birth are compromised.[1] In fictional literature the death of a pregnant or delivering mother is a powerful device: it removes one character and places the surviving child into an often hostile environment which has to be overcome. While characters in literature differ, of course, a theme can often be discerned that shows that despite the death of the mother, the offspring will continue her mission.


Pre-19th century

19th century

20th century

21st century


20th century

21st century

Other media

Anime, comics, and video games

Live-action television

Cartoons and animated films

See also


  1. Uhler SA (November 13, 2003). "Impact of a mother's death on child health and survival in Haiti". Retrieved August 27, 2007.
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