Maternal obesity increases risk of newborn death in sub-Saharan Africa

Nov. 23, 2012, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

New research published online in The Lancet indicates that babies born to mothers who are overweight or obese in sub-Saharan Africa, where rates of obesity are projected to increase at an alarming rate during the next two decades, are significantly more likely to die in the first two days after their birth. The study is the first to shed light on the role of maternal obesity in neonatal death (during the first 28 days of life) in developing countries. Continue reading