Childbirth dramatically more risky in poor countries

While childbearing imposes risks for women regardless of where they live, women living in poor countries are 300 times more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth, according to a new UNICEF report. For example, the lifetime risk of maternal death for a woman is one in seven in Niger, while only one in 47,600 in far-more-prosperous Iceland, the researchers noted. Common causes of death include post-partum hemorrhage, infections, abortion complications and eclampsia. Article

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