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Immigrants negating improvements in maternity figures

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The lack of a fall in the maternal death rate among UK women over recent years is partly the result of an increasing percentage of births among immigrants, according to researchers at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

They assessed results of the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health, published earlier this year, and 34 relevant studies.

The authors concluded that women who were immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers and gypsy populations experienced a range of complex clinical and personal problems that increases their maternity risk. They said better monitoring and evaluation of strategies for these groups was needed.

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (2008) 10: 177-182

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