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China makes headway in improving maternal, newborn health

Updated: Jun 3,2019 8:08 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China has made headway in boosting the maternal healthcare by ensuring safer childbirth and providing better health condition for newborns, according to a report released by the National Health Commission.

The report noted that China had been pushing services to ensure the safety of infants and pregnant women, including labor risk evaluation and special care for newborns and pregnant women in critical health condition.

“The country has so far established 3,369 emergency treatment centers for pregnant women in critical condition, and 3,070 such centers for newborns,” said Qin Geng, an official with the commission.

China has also been promoting services such as labor analgesia to ensure a better labor experience. As of 2018, a total of 26,000 midwife institutions have been set up in the country.

To meet the need of new mothers, the country has been improving infrastructure such as nursing rooms at working places and in public spaces.