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An official’s claim that maternal mortality rates rose by a third in the first half of 2016 sparks concerns about ‘old mothers’ trying for a second child following the repeal of the one-child policy

3 weeks ago
Sky Canaves
a Xiaowei, deputy director of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, said that maternal mortality rose from 20.1 per 100,000 women in 2015 to 18.3 during the first six months of 2016, though some have expressed skepticism about the accuracy of the data.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.