Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health—Why is it important?
Every ‘Pregnant Woman’ hopes to have an uncomplicated pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby. On average, around 1,700 women and adolescent girls die from problems related to pregnancy and childbirth. The negligent health of the mother, including any untreated health problems, could be the reason contributing to newborn deaths or babies born too early and with low birth weight.
Unfortunately, data show that India is one of the worst performers in maternal health. Well, but many maternal health problems are preventable with proper awareness.
Most of the health problems arise during the time of pregnancy, while others may have health issues even before they become pregnant. So, it becomes essential to educate inexperienced expectant mothers on proper health care for themselves and their child -to be born.
Here are some common complications that women face during pregnancy—
High Blood Pressure-
During pregnancy, increased pressure in the arteries makes it hard for blood to reach the placenta [that which provides nutrients and oxygen to the fetus]. Reduced blood flow can slow the growth of the fetus and place the mother at a higher risk of preterm labour.
Infections: Infections can lead to complications for the mother, during pregnancy and can be passed on to the newborn during delivery. Many of these infections are treated with appropriate preconception, prenatal, and postpartum follow-up care.
Mental Health Conditions: Depression may persist during pregnancy that can make it difficult for women to care for themselves and their unborn babies. Depression before pregnancy is also a risk factor for postpartum depression.
Gestational Diabetes: Keeping sugar levels under control during pregnancy is very crucial [if the mother has diabetes before or during pregnancy]to avoid any complications. Management of diabetes is essential to help women deliver a healthy infant.
The above health problems may not sound severe, but it left untreated, it can turn into drastic consequences.
So, what is the solution to this increasing issue, that has become the concern of our nation—-
Educating mothers to care for themselves and their infant—
Every pregnancy deserves proper attention because there is always a risk of complications with the mother and the baby. Women must plan to give birth, in the presence of a skilled birth attendant such as a doctor, nurse or midwife. They must make at least four prenatal visits to a trained health worker during the pregnancy.
The risks of childbirth can significantly reduce if:
— a woman is healthy and well-nourished before becoming pregnant and continue to keep herself nourished
— The women have regular maternity care by a trained health worker at least four times during every pregnancy
— the birth is assisted by a skilled birth attendant, such as a doctor, nurse or midwife
— mother and her baby have access to specialized care if there are complications
— Both the mother and the baby are regularly monitored during first 24 hours after childbirth, during the first week, and six weeks after birth.
The probability of the mother or the baby becoming ill or dying is reduced when childbirth happens in a properly equipped health facility with the assistance of a skilled birth attendant.
Every pregnancy is special. Therefore, mothers need to be educated about how their health and hygiene.
Here is our expert team—‘EKAM FOUNDATION’ that works towards providing quality healthcare to the needy children and mothers in India. This foundation was started on the fundamental premise that no child should be denied the right to healthcare. EKAM’s vision is to work for the cause of children and mothers; and thereby contribute to reducing infant, children, adolescent and maternal mortality rate. EKAM is a very unique health care model, primarily focusing on neonates and infants. Every child has the right to live. It is the collective responsibility of our society to make sure that every child enjoys this right. So. let’s join hands as to solve this nationwide problem.
Come and connect with EKAM at www.ekamoneness.org for any further questions you may have.