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Shanghai delivers 238,000 babies in 2012

LAST year about 238,000 babies were born in Shanghai, the highest number since 2002, Shanghai Health Bureau announced today.

The city's maternal and infant mortality rates were 7.1 per 100,000 and 5.03 per 1,000 respectively last year, the same as in the developed countries, the bureau said.

As the city is experiencing a baby boom, the bureau has introduced higher standards for prenatal services to ensure the safety and health of pregnant women and babies.

Pregnant women can receive nine items of prenatal check for free as these have been included in the city's health care coverage.

The city also strengthened pregnancy monitoring last year to detect high-risk pregnant women for early medical intervention. They are classified with five colors from green to purple based on their conditions. Those with a high risk are given a regular check and are transferred to an advanced or specialized hospital.

Last year, the five pregnancy diagnosis and treatment centers in Shanghai treated 345 patients with a success rate of 98.84 percent. Six infant treatment centers treated 4,690 babies with a success rate of 91.45 percent.


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