The mother and the unborn child
Giving birth should be about giving life not giving up a life.
TOO MANY MOTHERS ARE DYING
A Philippine saying goes: “A woman giving birth has her one foot in the grave.” This gloomily illustrates the danger a woman goes through to bring another human into this world.
Women may get pregnant, miscarry, give birth, lactate, and breastfeed. All these take their toll on women’s health, making them more susceptible to illnesses in the long run. Women need to slow down, space births, and eat well.
This indeed has become a vicious cycle. Malnourished pregnant women give birth to underweight infants. Mothers who are iodine-deficient suffer frequent miscarriages, still births, and early infant deaths. Babies who survive will most likely be born deformed and mentally challenged.
Women are crucial to guarding children’s health and nutrition. Ill health in women often translates to not being able to properly take care of the children.
Maternal mortality rate (adjusted)