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July 6, 2009

Addressing Maternal Nutrition and Risks of Birth Asphyxia in Developing Countries

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009;163(7):671-672. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2009.97

Of an estimated 4 million newborn deaths every year, a sizeable proportion is due to birth asphyxia (BA).1 In some parts of the world, asphyxia-related deaths constitute almost half of all first-week deaths2 and an equally large number may perish because of consequences of prolonged labor and intrapartum stillbirths.3 Despite efforts to integrate maternal and newborn interventions, our ability to prevent BA is still relatively limited4 and most intervention strategies have therefore largely focused on adequate resuscitation and case management as the principal strategy for reducing the burden of asphyxia-related deaths.5,6

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