Monday, October 15, 2007

US Maternal Deaths Higher Than Europe

One in 4,800 U.S. women die from complications of pregnancy or childbirth. Compare that with 1 out of 47,600 women in Ireland, and 1 in 29,000 for Bosnia. According to a UN report, the US is ranked 41st out of 171 countries.
"Among the ten top-ranked European and other industrialized countries, where women are guaranteed good-quality health and family planning services that minimize their lifetime risk, fewer than one in 16,400 will die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth," the United Nations, which issued the report along with the World Bank, said in a statement.


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