Pregnancy-related and infant deaths in India have declined significantly, as per the latest data from the Registrar General, but it lags behind developed nations and even its poorer neighbours. India’s maternal mortality rate (MMR), or the rate of deaths among women during or after pregnancy, came down 16% in 2011-12 from 2007-09.
Although the MMR dropped from 212 deaths per 100,000 live births to 178, India is behind its targeted 103 deaths per live births to be achieved by 2015 under the UN's Millennium Development Goals. according to the AHS data. The Registrar General also says that the sex ratio at birth has improved to 908 females per 1,000 males from the previous 906. Chhattisgarh reported the highest sex ratio at birth (979) and Haryana the lowest (857).