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Women Should Have At Least 8 Health Care Visits During Each Pregnancy, New WHO Guidelines Recommend

New York Times: While Pregnant, Women Should Get Health Care 8 Times, WHO Says
“Women should see a doctor, nurse, or trained midwife at least eight times during each pregnancy, with five of those visits in the last trimester, the World Health Organization said Monday as it issued 49 recommendations to prevent deaths in childbirth…” (McNeil, 11/7).

Reuters: WHO doubles recommended number of health visits during pregnancy
“…More antenatal contacts help to reduce the chance of stillbirths, with eight fewer perinatal deaths per 1,000 births, the WHO said in a statement. … The new WHO guidelines include 49 recommendations touching on diet, physical activity, tobacco, malaria, blood tests, tetanus vaccinations, and the use of ultrasound. There is also advice on problems such as nausea, back pain, and constipation…” (Miles, 11/7).

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