Women still die during labour. In the USA in 2004 there were 13 deaths per 100000 live births.
In the UK in 2008 there were 7.4 deaths per 1000 births - its lowest level recorded.
- Post partum hemorrhage, occurring after delivery, is still an important cause of maternal death.
- Half of these deaths could be avoided in most cases.
Reducing maternal deaths
- There are some links to women embarking on pregnancy later on in life and pregnancy complications. The risks increase after the age of 35.
- Those women who do not access antenatal care are more likely to have complications.
- High blood-pressure is a huge risk:
- Any signs of hypertension and treatment must be commenced and regularly monitored.
- Sudden headaches, abdominal pains, visual disturbance require a quick check-up to make sure your blood-pressure is within safe limits and to check the urine for possible protein - a sign of poorly controlled blood pressure.
- Severe hypertension requires urgent intervention.
Some infections can be harmful during pregnancy therefore during any illness and a check up is recommended, so investigations can be carried out and treatments initiated.
Una mortalidad neonatal todavía muy elevada