Despite advances in medical science, more than 700 mothers die each year in the United States from pregnancy and birth complications. These deaths are indescribably painful. Every day that should be full of joy to welcome a new life into the world is full of anguish for all concerned. The family and friends of the deceased mother are suffering such a overwhelming grief, but they are not the only ones to be affected by this tragedy.
In the background are doctors and nurses trying to defy the odds. They hide their grief and look professional, but they also feel it. A doctor posted a heartbreaking story in a now-deleted Facebook post: “A mother died in childbirth.”
“Today is the saddest day of my life,” the doctor wrote. As a doctor, I deal with many pregnant women and when I am in a delivery room, I pray God to protect and bless the mother. The pain of a woman in labor is intolerable and does not just involve carrying the child for nine months, but the birth of a new life as well. Today we cried bitterly, we lost a woman.”
He went on to tell the story of the women. Today we are crying because we lost a young woman who should have been here.
She had wanted to get pregnant for 14 years and had tried treatments such as injections and artificial insemination. When she became pregnant, good news wrapped itself in bad news. She was suffering from a large tumor. But when she was pregnant, the tumor started to melt and everything was fine, the doctor wrote. At the time of the birth, the husband rushed to the doctor and stayed for seven hours before we decided to trim her in the abdomen.
She carried her child in her arms, smiling, and left. What should have been a happy day turned into a tragedy. She died, her child was alive, and her husband fainted when he learned of her death.
He ended his post with a powerful message: “Respect mothers for their perseverance and sacrifice. When you suffer for hours from the pain of childbirth and spend long nights raising your child, it is a great sacrifice. Respect women because they died to give you a new life,” he said.
Show your love to your mom and respect women.
Maternal deaths include infections and severe bleeding during childbirth, the two most common deaths. But most maternal deaths are preventable with proper medical care during pregnancy and childbirth. Hypertension, impaired contractions and unsafe abortions. Some women also die during childbirth.
Not surprisingly, most mothers die in poor areas with inadequate health care. Most maternal mortality worldwide occurs in developing countries. Two-thirds occur in sub-Saharan Africa, one-third in India and Nigeria.
Some women live far away from health centers and cannot pay for transport. They are forced to rely on their relatives to help them give birth without medical professionals.
Despite efforts to end child marriage, 7.3 million babies are still born to mothers under 18. Teenage girls are at higher risk of complications during pregnancy and childbirth because their bodies are not fully developed enough to deliver safely. In 18 of 20 countries with the highest number of child marriages in Africa, many mothers die in childbirth or during pregnancy.
That being said, many of these deaths are preventable. A woman’s body undergoes many changes during pregnancy. Although these changes are normal, it is important to get over them and prevent complications.
There are many ways to improve health outcomes during pregnancy. It is important for women to maintain a healthy lifestyle, eat a healthy diet and maintain weight, stay active and stop drug abuse.
You should also receive the best medical care during pregnancy. To reduce maternal mortality, a number of experts have recommended more education on the importance of receiving medical care during pregnancy and childbirth, and taught health care workers how to recognize potential complications during labor. There needs to be more quality healthcare for women of reproductive age and expecting mothers.