Pregnant asylum seekers in Netherlands at risk

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Research carried out by the Leiden University Medical Centre shows that pregnant women in asylum seeker reception centres run risks of life-threatening complications which are between four and five times higher than native Dutch women.

Earlier research had already shown that legally resident women from ethnic minorities who are legally resident in the Netherlands have an increased risk of serious complications during pregnancy, but the risks for those in reception centres are many times higher

The researchers say that, for a variety of reasons, pregnant women in reception centres need more medical attention. However, since last year asylum seeker reception centres no longer have their own doctors and nursing staff.

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