Times have changed. Maternal mortality rates at the start of the 1900s were around 1 in 100 live births in the best maternity institutions. This has declined by around 3 orders
of magnitude in the last 100 years to about 3 in 100,000 live births in places like Singapore. Perinatal mortality rates have similarly declined over the same time, especially in less developed regions. It would seem that there is no safer time to have a baby than in the present.
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