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You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health. And reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion.

Hillary Clinton


Maternal Health and Infant Mortality: A Generation Later

Maternal health is intimately connected with the health of a child therefore when we define barriers to maternal health, we can at the same time predict barriers to child mortality. In the most general sense, maternal health and child mortality is described as a mother’s ability to eat healthy, to have access to safe reproductive strategies, to seek and have access to the appropriate medical services, and to get educated on how to ensure that their life and the life of their baby remains healthy.
Under the Millennium Development Goals, nations around the world have the opportunity to sign on to reduce the maternal mortality ratio by at least three quarters as soon as 2015 (www.unicef.org).

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