Rates of Maternal Deaths During Pregnancy on the Rise

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have released numbers for maternal deaths during pregnancy and while the numbers are still lower in the United States than other countries, the rate is higher than experts would like to see. ... read more »

Placenta Testing Reveals Possible Preeclampsia Marker

Researchers testing placentas after infant births may have found a gene marker. The gene is associated with the immune system and may be the cause of some cases of preeclampsia. ... read more »

Pandemic Flu May Increase Risk of Death During Pregnancy

A case of severe pandemic flu may increase the risk of death during pregnancy, according to a new study. According to the Centers for Disease Control, of the nearly 350 women who suffered from severe pandemic flu in 2009, 75 died. ... read more »

Venous Thromboembolism

Venous thromboembolism is a serious disorder that is the result of blood clots that form on the walls of veins. For pregnant women, VT is the number one risk of death during delivery of the baby. ... read more »

Deaths from Pregnancy and Childbirth Cut in Half

The United Nations recently reported a significant change in the number of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth ' a nearly50-percent reduction in the last 20 years. ... read more »

Vaginal Delivery Safe for Women with Unruptured Aneurysm

Researchers from the University of Florida believe women with unruptured aneurysm are not at increased risk of rupture during pregnancy, according to a study published in Neurology. ... read more »

Prenatal Screen to Predict Risk of Maternal Death

Researchers in Florida collected information about risk factorscontributing to the likelihood of traumatic death during pregnancy from1999 to 2005 as part of Florida's Enhanced Maternal Mortality ReportingDatabase. ... read more »

Repeat C-Sections and Uterine Rupture Risk

When a C-section is performed, an incision is made in the wall of the uterus to extract the fetus during delivery. The incision heals to a scar, which can alter the elasticity of the uterus during future pregnancies. ... read more »

Do You Need Life Insurance?

As soon as you learn that you pregnant, you should begin thinking about obtaining life insurance. Life insurance will ensure that you, your partner, and your children are financially taken care of in the event of death. ... read more »

Exposure to Malaria Increases Risk of Miscarriage

About 125 million pregnant women are at risk of contracting malaria each year. Malaria infection during pregnancy can cause anemia, parasitic fetal infection, low birth weight, premature delivery and death of the mother. ... read more »

Suicide and Homicide is Prevalent Among Pregnant Women

When it comes to maternal mortality, many women believe natural complications of pregnancy cause more deaths than other more violent causes, but researchers have found this to be incorrect. ... read more »

Evolution Insight to Leading Cause of Death During Delivery

The most common cause of death during or after childbirth is a hemorrhage. Nearly 125,000 women die from hemorrhage each year during childbirth, leading researchers to look into possible causes or markers that could shed light on why hemorrhage occurs. ... read more »

Maternal and Infant Mortality Higher in Child Marriages

In these countries, according the violence against women, maternal and infant mortality rates are higher than countries who do not frequently practice underage marriage. ... read more »

Pregnancy Deaths on the Decline but Numbers are Still High

Trends in Maternal Mortality has reported a 34% reduction in pregnancy deaths between 1990 and 2008. ... read more »

Pregnancy Screenings for Malaria Reduce Maternal Death Rates

In third-world countries where malaria is a major concern for pregnant women and infants, consistent and regular pregnancy screenings may be the answer to reduce the number of maternal deaths. ... read more »