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Subject:  Re: If We Can Prevent Even One Death!!!! Date:  2/12/2013  12:07 PM
Author:  JLC Number:  671283 of 736339

The pregnancy-associated mortality rate among women who delivered live neonates was 8.8 deaths per 100,000 live births.

I wonder how dated those stats are. I've been in practice long enough at a high risk obstetric hospital and according to these stats I've should've seen multiple maternal deaths. I've seen zero. My partners have seen zero. So either we're really lucky or something has changed since the study was done.

The mortality rate related to induced abortion was 0.6 deaths per 100,000 abortions. In the one recent comparative study of pregnancy morbidity in the United States, pregnancy-related complications were more common with childbirth than with abortion.

Most abortions are done early on, before 20 weeks. Same as miscarriage. While I couldn't find death rates from miscarriage, I did find plenty of other interesting stats. The main one, even with one abortion, your rate of pregnancy complication goes way up along with the rate premature birth.

One thing I did note which would go toward answer the first part, many studies went back to 1980 to collect enough deaths to have statistical meaning. So yes, the practice of medicine has drastically changed since then, so the comparative maternal death rate is most likely wrong.

And the one stat not mentioned. The death rate for the fetus/baby is 100,000 per 100,000 abortions.

JLC
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