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Role of a Gynecologist in Successful Child Births

Updated on October 3, 2016

Aamir 'Rancho' Khan and friends might have made child birth look an easy task in 3 Idiots but there is more to it than just sucking the baby out with a vacuum cleaner! If the process is not carried out under expert supervision, things can go very wrong.

According to an article published in The Indian Express, the WHO revealed that nearly five women die every hour in India due to complications like heavy blood loss during the delivery. In fact, nearly 45,000 women die every year in India during childbirth, accounting for 17 percent of the cases worldwide.

The World Health Statistics for 2016 also revealed that the Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) in India is 174/100,000 live births. Given that about 26 million children are born in the country every year, you can imagine the number of causalities or failed cases.

Post-Partum Hemorrhage, a condition that is defined as the loss of more than 500-1,000 ml of blood within 24 hours of birth, accounts for 37 percent of the casualties worldwide and is the leading cause of maternal death in India too.

What are the Primary Causes of These Deaths?

In 2012, Time Magazine published an article, “Why India is Still the Most Dangerous Place to Give Birth.” It article talked about the fact that couples have to go through the trauma of losing their child because of the lack of good healthcare facilities in the country.

Another study, published by the Harvard School of Public Health in 2010, revealed that 150,000 deaths could be prevented by 2015 if Indian women had access to better knowledge about family planning and improved medical facilities. Although India is a booming economy, it is placed in the lower half of the list of safest countries for giving birth, with nearly half the births taking place in the absence of skilled professionals.

The problem does not just prevail in rural areas. Even in the urban parts of the country and major metropolitans like Bangalore and Mumbai are taking special measures to counter maternal deaths. Some of the best gynecologists in Bangalore have been working on spreading awareness about the issue.

The flaws in India's developmental process are left exposed by the fact that although it is a much richer country than its neighbor, Bangladesh, it has lagged behind in spreading awareness about social issues, despite the government having established many pre- and neo-natal care centers for the pregnant mothers.

What is the Solution?

In last two decades, India has tried to improve the standards of maternal care and the figures back these claims. Maternal mortality dropped by 66% from 1990 to 2010. However, the problem is that even after that this, the nation registered the higher number of deaths by a big margin.

The Maternal Mortality Rate in 2010 was reported at 200 women per 100,000 live births, which was worse than Nepal's 170 deaths per 100,000 births. However, when it comes of child mortality, even a slight delay can prove to be disastrous for both the mother as well as the child, say some of the best gynecologists in Bangalore. To receive proper guidance, you need to consult a good gynecologist, with experience in the field.

Since the Census 2011, India has registered a 5.7% decline in the maternal mortality rate and if continues to progress at the same rate, the nation might just achieve its Millennium Development Goal (MDG) by reaching the mark of 139 deaths per 100,000 live births.


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