Maternal mortality remains high...


Meeting the unmet need for family planning and maternal and newborn healthcare would reduce maternal deaths by about two-thirds, from 287,000 to 105,000 a year. Women with access to family planning services can choose to space their births. Women who get pregnant less than five months after giving birth have a risk of maternal mortality that is 2.5 times higher than those who wait 18-23 months. Right now pregnancy and childbirth-related complications are the world's number one killer of girls ages 15-19.