More than 25 million babies will be born in India this year. However, what should be a joyful time for families is too often tempered by the risks of pregnancy and the period after birth for both mothers and babies.
In the eastern Indian state of Odisha, the number of newborns who die within their first month of life is markedly higher than the national average – 24 deaths per 1,000 live births – and India suffers far too many maternal deaths, as well: 190 for every 100,000 live births.
Yet, there is good news: with proper health care, the large majority of these deaths are preventable.
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