Managing high-risk pregnancies in obstetrics today
By Dr Harini Narayan
Every year, across the world 287,000 women die in pregnancy and childbirth along with at least 2.6 million stillbirths, of which about 50% are intrapartum deaths. Among 133 million babies born alive each year, 2.8 million die in the first week of life. The latest MBRRACE reports of the UK show a maternal mortality rate of 10 per 100,000 women giving birth (December 2014) and an extended perinatal mortality rate of 6.0 per 1,000 total births, comprising 4.2 stillbirths per 1,000 total births and 1.8 neonatal deaths per 1,000 live births (June 2015).