Covid-19 pandemic raised risk for pregnant women and their babies

Covid-19 pandemic raised risk for pregnant women and their babies

The Straits Times - World·2021-04-01 09:00

LONDON (BLOOMBERG) - Pregnant women and their babies are suffering worse outcomes during the Covid-19 pandemic, and researchers are sounding the alarm for immediate action to avoid rolling back decades of global investment in safe maternity care.

Data from an analysis of 40 studies published during the last year across 17 countries found rates of stillbirth and maternal mortality increased by a third. Outcomes were worse in low- and middle-income countries, according to a report Wednesday in The Lancet medical journal.

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