Elizabeth Howell·TEDMED 2018
How we can improve maternal healthcare — before, during and after pregnancy
I’ve read a book that said that pregnancy is not sick. However, many people don’t seem to understand its meaning. They think pregnancy is not sick thus pregnant mothers can be as usual. In fact, it’s not a big mistake. It means that pregnancy is not sick because for babies, to protect babies, there is no medicine and mothers can’t take it when mothers feel sick. Mothers have to receive high-quality care during pregnancy and after delivering, even after delivering healthy babies.
The story tells us the same things.
People have to know that still maternal death rate is high and it’s preventable. 1)
All Mothers have to receive high-quality care during pregnancy, after delivering, and of course before pregnancy also. Even after delivering healthy babies, mothers tend to face dangerous situations always. 2)
Doctors, nurses, and communities have to make sure that there is no discrimination for health care. 3)
Society and hospitals have to be able to serve high-quality health care for all mothers. This is not a problem of technology and tools. 4)
Words in this story
mortality /noun/ state of having a limited life span, rate of death,
mortality rate is the number of a particular group who die each year
fatality /noun/ disastrous event,
fatality rate is the number of deaths from a specific cause
fertility /noun/ the birthrate of a population