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How to Lower the Maternal Mortality Rate: What You Can Do?

Story Highlights
  • Healthcare quality needs to be improved.
  • Communication needs to be strengthened.
  • Data needs to be collected regularly.
  • Midwives and female doctors can be indulged.
  • Education needs to be provided on family planning.
  • Employee training

What does it mean when all the specialists agree that the mother’s death was caused by the widespread absence of high-quality medical services at any cost level?

Healthcare quality needs to be improved.

To successfully induce labor, procedures and protocols need to be carefully followed and observed at all times. In addition, a system of accountability has to be implemented to eliminate carelessness and mishaps. To determine whether or not standard operating procedures are being followed, it is important to conduct regular emergency exercises. These drills should include both obstetric and neonatal emergency scenarios.

Communication needs to be strengthened.

A pregnant woman, her husband, and her in-laws should receive comprehensive education on recognizing the symptoms of a potentially dangerous pregnancy and the consequences of waiting too long to seek medical attention. This education should also cover planning a family and spacing out children. Communities need to be made aware of this, but it is of the utmost significance that those members of society who are less well-off financially and have a lower education level learn about it.

Data needs to be collected regularly.

A daily computerized recording of all maternal deaths across nations in a format that has been standardized. It is vital to investigate each death that occurs, discover the areas in which there is room for development, and give remedies to fill such voids. During the course of Covid-19, it has been recommended that a central cell, like the National Command and Operation Centre, be established (NCOC).

Midwives and female doctors can be indulged.

Community midwives and lady health workers (LHWs) may assist in various areas, including family planning, birth spacing, prenatal care, referrals, and transportation to medical care institutions.

Education needs to be provided on family planning.

During prenatal and postnatal exams and vaccines, as well as during home visits, LHWs should prioritize educating and advising patients on various contraception methods and providing information on these methods.

Employee training

There has to be a system where employees are regularly evaluated, and promotions are granted based on performance, not length of employment. In addition to doing emergency drills and recognizing high-performing units, it is suggested that opportunities for refresher training, mentorship, and handholding be made available.

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