For example, if you are pregnant and suddenly notice you have been bleeding heavily during your pregnancy, or immediately after your new baby is born, make sure you seek urgent help. Your doctor, nurse, and other health workers may help save your life. Also, if you do not have health insurance to attend your check up appointments, please call the nearest welfare office in your community to see what resources are available to help your situation. The check-up appointments provide golden opportunities for you and your doctor, nurse, and other health workers to discuss your concerns and be assisted.
Additionally, it is important you tell your doctor and health care workers about how you felt before you became pregnant. In other words, did you and your husband or partner plan this pregnancy? If not, have you suffered any form of abuse or violence when you got pregnant? Sharing your personal feelings and experiences during the pregnancy with a qualified health worker could help prevent pregnancy related complications and death of your new baby including yourself.
Finally, these deaths matter because pregnancy and childbirth can provide opportunities to identify risks in women and their children and allow health professionals to develop strategies to prevent them. According to the World Health Organization (WHO, 2014), “Every day, approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth”. This is why we all need to do something about it.