Czech natal mortality rate one of lowest in OECD: minister

The mortality rate during childbirth in the Czech Republic has fallen between 2000 and 2013 to 1.2 per thousand from 2.1 per thousand and is now one of the lowest rates among developed countries, Minister of Heath Svatopluk Němeček announced on Wednesday. He highlighted though the fact that women are now giving birth a lot later with women now on average having their first child at the age of around 28, around six years later than at the start of the 1990s. Older women have a higher risk of complications during childbirth.

Author: Chris Johnstone