A short insight on Maternal Mortality Rate

Today I came across a post on Instagram, where a doctor expressed his despair as he could not save a pregnant woman. He mentioned that she was trying to conceive from last 14 years! They took the assistance of every type of reproductive technology known to mankind. To said the least the woman went through a lot. But by God’s Grace, the lady was able to conceive naturally, even though according to the doctor she had ovarian cyst and loads of fibroids. Everything was seeming to go just fine, but when the day came, she laboured for hours. At last, the doctors had to opt for C-section. The doctors tried everything in their power but failed to save the lady, but saved the child.

After reding it I looked up on the Internet and realised the maternal morality rate (MMR) of India is 113 (per 10000 live births), as per 2016-2018. Its lower than that of 2015-2017, but not lower enough. According to WHO, India ranked 119 by the list of countries by mortality rate.  

The vast majority of maternal deaths occur in developing countries. Approximately two-thirds of maternal deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Nigeria and India alone account for one-third of the global deaths. Here it is to be noted that India made a ‘ground-breaking’ progress in reducing MMR by 77%, from 556 per 100 000 live births in 1990 to 130 per 100 000 live births in 2016. But still not enough.

Maternal Mortality Rate can be defined as “the number of registered maternal deaths due to birth- or pregnancy-related complications per 100,000 registered live births.” This is a global problem. WHO mentioned in 2017 that, “Every day in 2017, approximately 810 women died from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.”

It has been observed that countries with high birth rates in health care institutions have lower MMR. Home visits by local health workers create a strong primary health system, which reduces problems in certain areas. Also in a country, culture and customs vary from community to community. The situation of people living in mountainous and tribal areas is even more critical. Women’s lack of attention from an early age can lead to malnutrition of adolescent girls, malnutrition of pregnant women, and ultimately malnourished babies.

MMR is high among under-nourished women. With the development of medicine, the average life expectancy of people has increased significantly in recent years; however, the rate of decline in MMR is often not desirable. If women receive adequate medical care during pregnancy and childbirth, most deaths can be avoided. Severe bleeding and postpartum infections are the main causes of death, but they can also cause high blood pressure, dystocia and unsafe abortions.

Our government has paid attention to India’s high MMR problem. For mothers, community involvement in the reproductive and child health programmes is even more important because they see it as their own plan. Family members usually do not support contraceptive strategies. Men must participate in the program. Adolescent sex education and education about the importance of barrier contraceptives can reduce the possibility of premarital pregnancy and the mortality rate of septic abortion. When girls continue their education, the marriage age is usually higher. Therefore, full attention should be paid to women’s education.

Remember the pain that women experience in bringing life into this world. They are life-givers, but sometimes it costs them their lives. Carrying a child for nine months and laboring for hours to give birth is a huge sacrifice.

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