Canada’s Ma­ter­nal Mor­tal­ity Rate Healthy

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Women are half as likely to die from causes re­lated to preg­nancy or child­birth in Canada com­pared to women in the United States, a new global sur­vey of ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity pub­lished by the United Na­tions and the World Bank shows.

The U.S. ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity rate grew from 12 deaths to 14 per 100,000 live births over the past 25 years. Canada’s rate is where it was in 1990, at seven deaths per 100,000 live births.The U.S.was one of only 13 coun­tries to have worse rates of ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity in 2015 than in 1990.This group in­cludes North Korea, Zim­babwe and Venezuela.

The global ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity rate av­er­age is 216 deaths per 100,000 live births, rang­ing from 12 in rich coun­tries to 546 in sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa. The UN tar­get is to get the global av­er­age num­ber of ma­ter­nal deaths be­low 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030, with no coun­try higher than 140.

The sur­vey, led by the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion, aims to track

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