A woman who gave birth to her sixth child earlier this week was found dead in a Bnei Brak hospital yesterday.
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The woman, 38, from the central region, felt well after giving birth in Ma’ayanei Hayeshua Medical Center at the beginning of the week and was up and walking around, a member of the medical staff said. But at midday yesterday she was found dead in the bathroom attached to her room in the hospital’s obstetrics ward. The staff’s resuscitation efforts failed.
“We’re all in shock, we’re trying to understand what led to her sudden death,” said hospital director-general Prof. Mordechai Ravid.
He said the woman had a normal pregnancy and delivery and that this was the first time a mother had died after childbirth at the medical center, where some 140,000 babies have been delivered. In Israel, between six and seven new mothers die for every 100,000 deliveries, Ravid said.
This is the third incident of a mother’s death soon after childbirth that has been reported in recent months. In December a 30-year-old mother died in Netanya’s Laniado Hospital following a rupture and bleeding in the uterus, after giving birth to a boy.
Two weeks earlier a 27-year-old woman died in Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera about a month after childbirth, following eclampsia seizures.