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10 facts on maternal health

A nurse-midwife checking the pulse of a woman in labour in Nepal.
UNICEF/Anita Khemka

Fact 2

Women die in pregnancy and childbirth for 5 main reasons

These are severe bleeding, infections, unsafe abortion, hypertensive disorders (pre-eclampsia and eclampsia), and medical complications like cardiac disease, diabetes, or HIV/AIDS complicating or complicated by pregnancy.

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