Are you paying adequate attention to Maternal Health?
According to WHO, maternal health is defined as ‘health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period.’ Maternal health directly affects infant health, so improving the well- being of mothers should be one of the important agendas of any country. There are various schemes that are run by our government like the ‘Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakram’ (JSSK) , ‘Integrated Management of Neonatal and childhood Illness’( IMNCI) etc. to ensure the best maternal and child health care. According to a survey conducted by UNICEF in 2015, it was estimated that 800 girls and women died every day as a result of pregnancy and child birth-related complications around the globe. Such figures are horrifying and call for a serious work in this area.
Many factors can affect pregnancy and childbirth; such as
- Preconception health status
- Access to appropriate preconception and interconception health care
- Socio demographic factors , like family income and status
During pregnancy, there is a scope for preventing maternal and newborn complications which can prove to be fatal if not taken care of. There can be impaired cognitive, motor, and behavioral problems across childhood ascertaining to inefficient maternal health and prenatal care. There is need for skilled birth attendants, surgeons, emergency and basic obstetric care as a large number of prenatal illness can be prevented by following simple, low-cost interventions during delivery. Women education and empowerment proves to be the best initiative towards maternal health. Women should know their rights as mothers and their entitlement towards the care their body needs during and following pregnancy. According to UNICEF, educating nurses about basic practices such as drying the newborn and keeping the baby warm, skin to skin contact, delayed cord clamping, initiating breastfeeding as soon as possible after delivery, supporting the mother to breastfeed exclusively, giving special care to low-birth weight infants, and diagnosing and treating newborn complications such as asphyxia and sepsis can lower the risk of child deaths by a huge margin.
It is known that a healthy youthful generation is what every country strives for and providing mothers with utmost care related to nutrition, medicine, proactive care-seeking for pregnancy, healthy environment, well equipped hospitals and learned nurses, surgeons is the only way to achieve that goal. With proper education and government intervention we hope to ensure safe and healthy pregnancy for women and a secured future for babies.
Author: Suhani Jain
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