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10 facts on maternal health

A health-care provider examining a pregnant woman in Bangladesh.
UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani

Fact 7

Many women don’t see a skilled health professional enough during pregnancy

Although a large proportion of women see skilled health personnel at least once during their pregnancy, only about half receive the recommended minimum of at least 4 visits during the pregnancy. Women who do not receive the necessary check-ups miss the opportunity to detect problems and receive appropriate care and treatment. This also includes immunization and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS.

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