Today is the 11th of April, and every year this day is taken as National Safe Motherhood Day, to create awareness about the importance of the safety and health of all women during pregnancy and delivery.
"Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials"!
Safe Motherhood guarantees that all mothers receive the care they need to be safe and healthy throughout pregnancy and childbirth. So, each year, we celebrate National Safe Motherhood Day, an initiative of the White Ribbon Alliance India (WRAI) to ensure that pregnant women, new mothers, and their families have access to proper prenatal and postnatal care.
In 2003, the Indian government designated the day of Kasturba Gandhi’s birthday, April 11, as National Safe Motherhood Day in response to the proposal of WRAI.
A Look At What Data Shows…..
The maternal mortality ratio, a critical indicator of maternal health in India, is estimated to be 103 per 1,00,000 live births, as per the latest report by the Registrar General of India. To further refine new mothers' and newborns’ health by reducing mortality and morbidity related to pregnancy and childbirth, it is necessary to build a continuum of care that increases access to and use of competent care during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period.
For that reason, the pregnant woman’s diet should provide for the needs of the growing fetus, maintenance of the mother’s health, physical strength required during labor, and successful lactation.
In other words, the mother requires the six basic nutrients: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals (mainly calcium and iron), and adequate water intake.
Hence, to assure the safety and health of all women during pregnancy and delivery, it is mandatory to empower “safe motherhood".
Pillars To Safe Motherhood….
Experts and doctors say, to reach the aim of safe motherhood, we need to take care of the prominent SIX PILLAR TO SAFE MOTHERHOOD. These are:
Family Planning- Information and aids to plan the timing, number, and spacing of pregnancies.
Antenatal Care- For early detection and treatment of complications of pregnancy.
Obstetric Care- Provide proper knowledge and equipment to the birth attendants and ensure emergency care for higher-risk pregnancies.
Postnatal Care- For both mother and her baby. Includes lactation assistance, FP services, and management of complications of delivery.
Post-abortion Care- Management of complications and FP consultation.
STD/HIV Control- Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT), prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT).
To get details about how to ensure safe motherhood for women, do consult a gynecologist or the concerned doctor!
Stay Informed! Stay Healthy! Stay Happy!
Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a health care professional. Readers are advised to consult their physician to determine the suitability of the information for the reader’s situation!
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