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Maternal and perinatal mortality.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1543832     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Maternal and perinatal mortality are important health problems in the United States. Emerging causes of maternal deaths are embolism, cardiomyopathy, anesthesia complications, adult respiratory distress syndrome, and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Maternal deaths continue to be underreported. Active surveillance is needed to better identify maternal deaths and to understand their causes and risk factors. Although perinatal deaths have declined recently--primarily because technologic advances have improved low-birth-weight babies' chances for survival--they remain a problem, particularly among blacks. Clinicians should strive to reduce preventable deaths among black normal-birth-weight babies and to prevent low birth weight and premature birth among black infants. Future research should focus on determining whether early prenatal care and cesarean delivery actually reduce perinatal mortality. A better understanding of prenatal and intrapartum care and their benefits will help in the development of strategies to reduce perinatal and maternal deaths.
H K Atrash; D Rowley; C J Hogue
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in obstetrics & gynecology     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1040-872X     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Opin. Obstet. Gynecol.     Publication Date:  1992 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-04-16     Completed Date:  1992-04-16     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9007264     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  61-71     Citation Subset:  IM; X    
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia.
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MeSH Terms
Cause of Death
Cesarean Section / standards,  statistics & numerical data
Continental Population Groups
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Infant Mortality / trends*
Infant, Low Birth Weight
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Mortality / trends*
Perinatology / standards
Population Surveillance
Prenatal Care / standards
Risk Factors
Twins / statistics & numerical data

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