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Maternity care

  • K. Bhasker Rao
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Abstract

Mothers and children represent over 50% of the population in most developing areas. Because of their biological vulnerability, morbidity and mortality rates among them are greater than in the rest of the population. Even today, in some countries, approximately 0.3% of mothers die in childbirth; 5–10% of babies are born dead or die within the first week of life; of those born alive, 10% do not survive to their first birthday. Care of the mother is essential, not only to promote maternal health, but that of the child as well.

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© H. M. Wallace and G. J. Ebrahim 1981

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