Pre and post natal mortality

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.

Fighting infections

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.
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