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Indigenous people die during pregnancy and in the postpartum period more than non-Indigenous women


The researchers analyzed 13,023 cases of maternal death from 2015 to 2021, recorded in the Ministry of Health’s DataSUS

A study carried out by Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) and for State University of Campinas (Unicamp) found that Indigenous women die more often than non-Indigenous women during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Understand more:




The researchers analyzed 13,023 cases of maternal death from 2015 to 2021, recorded in DataSUS, of the Ministry of Health. They found that for every 100,000 cases, 115 die in the case of indigenous women and 67 in the case of non-indigenous women. The data was recently published in the scientific journal “International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics”.

Analyzing case by case

Most indigenous deaths occurred after childbirth and the primary cause was hemorrhage. In the case of non-indigenous populations it was hypertension. According to the study co-author, José Paolo Guida, These data show that care for Indigenous women during the postpartum period is neglected. “Both hemorrhage and hypertension are potentially treatable and preventable with postpartum bleeding surveillance measures, use of medications to control blood pressure, and early identification and provision of antibiotics in case of infection”explains Guida

And, according to the United Nations (UN), both numbers are far from approaching the organization’s desired goal. The goal is to have fewer than 30 deaths per 100,000 by 2030. The difference is justified by the quality of the facilities each group has access to and, often, by the poor quality or lack of care.

Source: Terra

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