Countries Maternal Mortality comparison:
USA = 24 Ghana = 350 India = 230
Guatemala = 110 Kenya = 530 Malawi = 510
Here is some additional information from WHO
- Every day, approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
- 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries.
- Maternal mortality is higher in women living in rural areas and among poorer communities.
- Young adolescents face a higher risk of complications and death as a result of pregnancy than older women.
- Skilled care before, during and after childbirth can save the lives of women and newborn babies.
- Between 1990 and 2010, maternal mortality worldwide dropped by almost 50%
The other night exemplified the challenges facing the developing world regarding education and appropriate available obstetrical services.
Mareline was 9 months pregnant when she presented urgently to St. Martin De Porres Catholic Hospital, from a referring hospital, with bleeding. She had had some bleeding a few days before, at home, but did not think it was of concern. When she arrived, her clothes were soaked with blood and her Haemoglobin was = 6 (normal = 12-15) . We were able to perform an emergent C-section and found a complete placenta previa.
A Placenta Previa is when the placenta grows over the cervix and when the mother's cervix begins to dilate, during labor, the mother can exsanguinate.
Mareline and baby are doing well!