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In recent years, the treatment of pregnant patients has become an increasingly thorny task for Liu Wenxian, a cardiologist at Anzhen Hospital in Beijing, as a result of the rise in the number of older women wanting to give birth.
"Many of these women are from outside Beijing and have risky complications such as cardiac disease," she said.
"The problem has worsened since the adoption of the universal two-child policy because these complications are more commonly seen in pregnant women who have given birth before. In many cases - especially when the patient's condition is critical - we have to re-evaluate their decision to have a baby and end the pregnancy promptly to save their life," she said.
Gu Hong, a pediatrician at the hospital who specializes in treating cardiac disease in babies, warned that the two-child policy could have unintended, but far-reaching, consequences: "We are facing some very harsh challenges. Many women are trying their best to have a second child, even if conditions such as cardiac disease could put them at high risk."
According to Gu, seven pregnant women have died in the hospital in the past five years as a result of cardiac complications, and those risks still exist despite improvements in medical technology.
Anzhen Hospital is not alone in facing such a challenge.
According to the National Health and Family Planning Commission, in the first half of the year China's maternity mortality rate reached 183 per 1 million people, a rise of more than 30 percent compared with the same period last year.
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Many women are trying their best to have a second child, even if conditions such as cardic disease could put them at hign risk.
It's reported that 60 percent of the 90 million woman now eligible to have a second baby are aged 35 or older, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission, also 8.31 millon number of babies born in the first half of this year in China, a rise of 6.9 percent from the same period last year, accoding to the NHFPC. (News reported by Wang Xiaodong with China Daily Website)