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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

There are 4 main killers

The 4 main killers are: severe bleeding, infections, unsafe abortion, and hypertensive disorders (pre-eclampsia and eclampsia). Bleeding after delivery can kill even a healthy woman, if unattended, within 2 hours. Most of these deaths are preventable.

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