Magazine article USA TODAY

Maternal and Newborn Death Rates Rising

Magazine article USA TODAY

Maternal and Newborn Death Rates Rising

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The global maternal death rate is estimated at between 500,000 and 600,000 a year, with 99% of the deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. However, it not only is mothers who die from the lack of maternal and obstetrical care--statistics compiled by researchers at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, show that some 3,000,000 newborn babies die annually as a direct result of complications during pregnancy and delivery.

There are three dominant causes of neonate death that can be linked directly to the inadequate care of sick mothers: premature birth, infections contracted in utero, and suffocation owing to poor maternity care. "Adding these deaths to the figures gives us an entirely new picture of how many lives are actually lost through poor obstetrical care," indicates Staffan Bergstrom, professor of international health. "It's quite alarming that this is the first time that anyone's drawn attention to the fact that poor female health and the absence of adequate care costs 3,500,000 lives a year, more than two global infectious diseases like malaria and tuberculosis put together. …

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