Two Million Babies Die at Childbirth Annually

Greater than two million babies die during delivery annually all over the world. Researchers say the lives of one million babies can be saved by providing mothers with good medical care. The journal Lancet recently published the study findings.

Most of the stillbirths occur in developing countries. But, even in industrialized nations like the U.S., France and Britain stillbirth rates have not reduced according to expectations due to rising obesity in pregnant women.

Health experts opine that strategies such as treating diabetes, high blood pressure and syphilis in pregnant women and giving them good obstetric care can help save more than a million babies annually. This research was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization and Save the Children.

In third-world nations, most of the stillbirths are due to congenital abnormalities, fetal growth problems, pregnancy infections and delivery complications. Pakistan and Nigeria reported the most number of stillbirths per 1,000 births, while Singapore and Finland reported the lowest rates.

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