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DHEC Wants To Reduce Pregnancy-Associated Deaths

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File photo of a pregnant woman holding her stomach. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

File photo of a pregnant woman holding her stomach. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina health officials are launching a new effort to review deaths associated with pregnancy.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control this week announced the creation of a committee that will meet regularly to try to find ways to make pregnancy, and the months that come after it, safer for South Carolina women.

The group is holding its first meeting next month. DHEC director Catherine Templeton says 41 South Carolina women died during childbirth or within six weeks of delivery between 2009 and 2012.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say women who may have children should go to the doctor regularly, eat healthily and address any health issues before getting pregnant. The CDC says nearly half of maternal deaths could have been prevented.

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