Women who become pregnant face an unexpected danger in the U.S.: maternal mortality. Complications from pregnancy, labor and childbirth result in the death of an estimated 700 to 900 women each year — a rate higher than any other developed Western nation.

ISLAMABAD: Mother’s day was celebrated on May 12 to honour mothers in the region. However, in Pakistan the government has put little effort into creating a healthcare plan for mothers, making the maternal mortality rate high among impoverished communities. The lack of an appropriately implemented health plan also leaves many women in poor health after giving birth.

Over the past two decades, the rate of women dying either during pregnancy or soon after has more than doubled in Pennsylvania. This week, the governor signed a new law to try to reverse that trend.

The new law would establish a 'Maternal Mortality Review Committee'. It's an idea supporters say already has a history of success.


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