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Better medical care could slash UK mortality rate during pregnancy

A new report claims two in five deaths could be prevented and that expectant mothers taking medication should seek advice before stopping

Up to two in five deaths among UK mothers who die in pregnancy or shortly afterwards could be prevented with better care, a new report suggests.

A detailed examination of 124 maternal deaths found 41% may have been prevented if they had received gold-standard care. The findings prompted researchers to warn all pregnant women not to stop taking medication without seeking expert medical advice.

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