India: Pregnant women tread unsafe path to motherhood

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Pregnant women tread unsafe path to motherhood

By Express News Service
Published: 12th April 2017

BHUBANESWAR: The Safe Motherhood Day observed throughout the country on Tuesday had little meaning for Odisha as pregnant women here still struggle to reach hospitals for delivery. Majority of maternal deaths in the State are due to haemorrhage, infection, unsafe abortion and eclampsia (very high blood pressure leading to seizures) or from health complications that worsen during pregnancy.

More than 1,000 pregnant women die every year in the State which has recorded Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) of 222 per one lakh births, the fourth highest in the country.

Continued at source: New Indian Express: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2017/apr/12/pregnant-women-tread-unsafe-path-to-motherhood-1592642.html