HEALTHY MOTHERS, HEALTHY BABIES.
Contented and healthy, a newborn baby lies cradled in its mother’s arms. The father is aglow with pride. Because this happy scene occurs millions of times every year, it is easy to take normal childbirth for granted. After all, it is a natural process-so, what is there to worry about?
Granted, births usually go well, but always. Hence, prudent prospective parents take reasonable measures to avoid complications. For example, they learn about the causes of childbirth problems, they seek quality prenatal care, and they take some simple steps to reduce risks during labour and delivery. Let us consider these points in more detail.
Causes of childbirth problems:
One cause of childbirth problems for both mother and baby is lack of good care during pregnancy. Having no prenatal care can put pregnancies in high risk. Most of these mothers expect healthy, chubby babies, but things just don’t always happen ideally.
Regarding the problems that can affect mothers, the journal of the American Medical Women’s Association states that “the major direct causes of maternal mortality” are excessive bleeding, obstructed labour, infection, and abnormally high blood pressure. Effective treatments are well-known, however, and in most cases “modern medical care. . .does not requires highly technical interventions,” the journal adds.
Readily available care could also help many babies. One survey reports that “two thirds of newborn deaths cold be prevented if all mothers and newborns” obtained medical treatment that is “well-known, feasible and deliverable without complex technology,” sadly, though, the lack of knowledge and the laxity in prenatal care on the part of mothers is all too common.
Prenatal care for mother and Baby:
“Healthier mothers have healthier babies,” says the UN chronicle. It is also observes that when a woman gets inadequate medical care or none at all during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period thereafter, her baby also receives little or no medical care.
In some lands it may be difficult for a pregnant woman to get adequate care. Still, if at all possible, an expectant mother should try to get at least some professional prenatal care.
Does adequate care means seeing a doctor every week? No, not necessarily. In regard to certain common complications that arise during pregnancy and childbirth, the World Health Organization (WHO) “found that women who visited their doctors only four times during their pregnancy” enjoyed results that “were comparable to those who had 12 or more visits.” when doctors identify the risks associated with individual pregnancy and take the needed precautions-or help the mother to do so-they enhance the prospects of a positive outcome for her and her unborn baby.
Minimizing Risks During Labour and Delivery:
The most dangerous time for a pregnant woman is the critical period around labour and delivery. What can be done to prevent serious problems, even life threatening ones, at this critical time? Actually, the steps are simple, but they do need to be taken in advance. Indeed, a careful physician will give attention to any sign of infection in the prospective mother. And if she has premature labour pains, he will recommend prompt hospitalization, which can be lifesaving.