Safest Place to Give Birth? Italy
Afghanistan is worst, but deaths during childbirth plummet 40% globally
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 14, 2010 2:04 PM CDT
Newborn triplets lie in a hospital in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, April 1, 2010.   (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

(Newser) – The number of women who die while giving birth has plummeted over the last 30 years, thanks mostly to dramatic improvements in populous rising nations like India, China, Brazil, and Egypt, according to a new study. Globally, 251 mothers died for every 100,000 babies born in 2008, a 40% decrease over 1980, the study revealed. During that period, China’s rate fell from 165 to 40, while India’s fell steeply from 677 to 254.

Overall, Italy was the safest place to have a child, with 4 maternal deaths per 100,000 births, while Afghanistan was the deadliest, with 1,575. The US has 17. The report comes ahead of a meeting of public health experts in New York this week to discuss ways to further reduce maternal and child mortality. “We do not have a silver bullet for achieving this,” one Italian physician tells the Washington Post. Rather, known fixes must be more widely implemented.

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Apr 14, 2010 7:30 PM CDT
Hey Teabirthers-the US, with "the best medical care in the world," ranked 39th worldwide. 38th was Albania. Cuba was in the top 20. I'm sure that your home births there under the trailer didn't help our numbers any.
Apr 14, 2010 7:29 PM CDT
Hmmm, this makes sense. The 2050 projection from Millennial Challenge indicated that Italy was the first EU country to have to 0 pop growth rate. Maybe all of the Italian OB/GYNs can "practice their love" with a smaller and smaller patient base.
Apr 14, 2010 7:12 PM CDT
But, but, but . . we have the bestest health care in the world!!!!! This has to be a liberal poll. /s