While the number of babies who die in infancy has decreased, the number of mothers who die giving birth is on the rise, says Dr. Alexandra Spadola, obstetrical director of the regional perinatal program at Upstate Medical University.
Why is this the case?
More women are having babies after the age of 35, and more pregnant women have medical conditions, such as diabetes and obesity, which increases their risk for complications.
“We try to promote the idea of thinking about pregnancy, even if you’re not actively trying to have a baby,” Spadola says.
Many medical problems can be addressed if women seek care before they become pregnant.
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