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Canadian maternal health care should be fit for royalty, much work remains

When Meghan Markle gave birth to a baby boy, the event made headlines everywhere and fans rejoiced that mother and child are doing well. Such joy owes much to the excellent care that the duchess received—care that is not available to many. If a woman gives birth in a poor, remote region, without the help of skilled health personnel, the risk that she may die in childbirth is as much as 20 times greater than it is in the developed world, where Meghan is fortunate to live. Ninety-nine per cent of maternal deaths occur in developing countries and most could have been prevented with better resources. That such a disparity should continue to exist in the 21st century is unconscionable.

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