Deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth climbed as they dropped globally.
Rates of maternal deaths are down, new United Nations figures show, but pre-existing medical conditions heighten the risk of death for pregnant women and require continued investment in quality care during pregnancy and childbirth.
Fewer children under age 5 are dying, and the deaths of women in pregnancy and childbirth have also dropped annually.
15 December 2011 -- About 358 000 women still die each year during pregnancy and childbirth; 7.6 million children die before the age of 5 annually. A new global consensus has agreed on the key evidence-based interventions that will ...
The number of women who died from pregnancy and childbirth complications dropped to 287,000 in 2010. However, these latest statistics also point to the fact that much work lies ahead.