Now that Chinese couples are allowed to have two children and not just one, there has been a profound irony; maternal mortality in the first half of 2016 has risen by more than 30% compared to the same period of 2015.
Maternal mortality and infant mortality in 2015 dropped to 20.1 per 100,000 and 8.1 per 100,000 live births respectively, a decline of 62.1% and 74.8% from 2000.
The two-child policy has meant couples with a pent-up desire for a second child means that women are giving birth at a late stage, increasing the proportion of older parturient women as well as putting a greater strain on health services.
Eventually this statistical quirk will flatten out; but in the meantime more older mothers in China are bound to die.
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