maternal death

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She Delighted Over Her Baby for 6 Hours. Then a Turn

Megan Moss Johnson had a heart transplant 7 years ago

(Newser) - What began as an inspiring story came to a tragic conclusion this week when a 30-year-old Nashville woman who survived a heart transplant seven years ago died after giving birth to her first child, KSDK reports. Megan Moss Johnson, originally of Ferguson, Missouri, gave birth to daughter Eilee Kate around... More »

Days Apart, Man Loses Wife, Firstborn, Sister

Domingos Fraga's grandmother had a stroke just a few days later

(Newser) - A Massachusetts man went from extreme elation to utter heartache in the span of just a few moments when his wife of five months, Liz, who'd had a healthy pregnancy without any complications, had to undergo an emergency C-section, lost too much blood, and died, reports the Boston Globe... More »

Mom Feared She'd Die in Labor—and Did, but Survived

Stephanie Arnold wants others to listen to their intuition

(Newser) - When Stephanie Arnold suffered an amniotic fluid embolism (which happens in only one in every 40,000 pregnancies) mere seconds after the birth of her second child in May 2013, she died. Amniotic cells had entered her bloodstream and caused her to go into anaphylactic shock, she reports on Yahoo... More »

20th Baby a Ridiculously Foolish Choice for Duggar

...medically speaking. OB/GYNs cite risks of preeclampsia, yet another cesarean

(Newser) - Michelle Duggar's joy is an OB/GYN's "worst nightmare"—at least, according to three OB/GYNs. Writing for the Daily Beast , Yvonne Bohn, Allison Hill, and Alane Park react to the news that the reality TV star is expecting her 20th child with a mixture of trepidation and... More »

Safest Place to Give Birth? Italy

Afghanistan is worst, but deaths during childbirth plummet 40% globally

(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%... More »

Maternal Death Rate Still High

(Newser) - Despite two decades of efforts, more than half a million women die each year while pregnant or from complications after childbirth, the Guardian reported. While overall abortion rates have dropped and contraceptive use has increased, Africa and parts of Asia are bucking those trends. Some experts blame the Bush administration,... More »

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