Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a leading cause of maternal death in the developed world. Compared with non-pregnant women, the risk for VTE, including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, in pregnant women is four to five times greater. During the postpartum period, the risk is 20 times greater. In fact, VTE occurs in one in 1,000 pregnancies. You can help protect your patients from these preventable events.