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Health > Reproductive health Stats: compare key data on France & United States

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  • Births attended by skilled health staff > % of total: Births attended by skilled health staff are the percentage of deliveries attended by personnel trained to give the necessary supervision, care, and advice to women during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period; to conduct deliveries on their own; and to care for newborns."
  • Lifetime risk of maternal death > 1 in > Rate varies by country: Life time risk of maternal death is the probability that a 15-year-old female will die eventually from a maternal cause assuming that current levels of fertility and mortality (including maternal mortality) do not change in the future, taking into account competing causes of death. "
  • Maternal mortality ratio > Modeled estimate > Per 100,000 live births: Maternal mortality ratio is the number of women who die during pregnancy and childbirth, per 100,000 live births. The data are estimated with a regression model using information on fertility, birth attendants, and HIV prevalence."
  • Pregnant women receiving prenatal care: Pregnant women receiving prenatal care are the percentage of women attended at least once during pregnancy by skilled health personnel for reasons related to pregnancy.
  • Use of birth control > Women over 15: Contraceptive prevalence rate is the percentage of women who are practicing, or whose sexual partners are practicing, any form of contraception. It is usually measured for married women ages 15-49 only."
STAT France United States HISTORY
Births attended by skilled health staff > % of total 99%
Ranked 6th.
99.3%
Ranked 17th. About the same as France

Lifetime risk of maternal death > 1 in > Rate varies by country 6,600
Ranked 26th. 3 times more than United States
2,100
Ranked 47th.
Maternal mortality ratio > Modeled estimate > Per 100,000 live births 8
Ranked 148th.
24
Ranked 116th. 3 times more than France

Pregnant women receiving prenatal care 99%
Ranked 3rd. The same as United States
99%
Ranked 1st.
Use of birth control > Women over 15 71
Ranked 5th.
72.9
Ranked 4th. 3% more than France

SOURCES: UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, and Demographic and Health Surveys by Macro International.; Maternal Mortality: Estimates Developed by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and the World Bank; Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990-2008. Estimates Developed by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and the World Bank.; Household surveys, including Demographic and Health Surveys by Macro International and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys by UNICEF.

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