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Keeping mothers and their newborns alive

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 800 women die every day due to complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries. But the majority of these deaths are preventable through simple, cost-effective interventions.

Why do women die?

Women die as a result of complications during pregnancy and following childbirth. The major complications that account for 75% of all maternal deaths include:

  • Severe bleeding
  • Infection
  • Eclampsia
  • Obstructed labour
  • Unsafe abortion
  • Indirect causes like anemia, malaria or heart disease

The majority of these deaths can be prevented by effective and inexpensive interventions.

Infographic explaining the complications women face with maternal healthcare

Complications for mom and baby

The days before a woman goes into labour and the days that follow childbirth are the most crucial for new moms and their babies.

But there are 3 delays preventing women in the developing world from accessing the care they need to help save their life and their babies.

  1. Delay in deciding to seek care: Women may not understand the importance of seeking care or recognize complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
  2. Delay in reaching care: Women often have to travel long distances to receive care or they may lack the money needed for transportation to a health facility.
  3. Delay in receiving care: Health facilities are often understaffed or health workers are not trained to care for women during pregnancy and childbirth.

Working to reduce global maternal mortality rates

Plan International is working to improve maternal and newborn health around the world. Our projects will help overcome these delays, so women can receive the essential care they need before and after the birth of their child. This work includes:

Between 1990 and 2015, maternal mortality worldwide dropped by about 44%. Though there has been great success, there is more work to be done to help save the lives of mothers and babies around the world.

See how you can help keep mothers and their children healthy!