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- Women still dying during childbirth, why? – Published in Craven College magazine, InPress
- Beauty is Different – Published in Craven College magazine, InPress
WOMEN STILL DYING DURING CHILDBIRTH, WHY?
Every minute at least one woman dies because of complications during childbirth, this means that 529,000 women die every year.
The main causes of maternal death are; unsafe abortions, very high blood pressure which lead to seizures, obstructed labour, infections and haemorrhage. Many of these deaths can be prevented with maternal health programs which include hygienic care during childbirth, prenatal care and the postnatal period. One million children are left motherless each year, these children are likely to die within two years of their mothers death.
Kara Blackburn, worked as a midwife in Australia for 12 years, she said that a thousand women around the world lose their life during childbirth everyday and that their deaths are “usually preventable.” Don’t women have the right information they need to know about pregnancy? The one question on everyone’s mind is “Why is this still happening?” with all the facilities and technology advances.
Experts believe that increasing maternal obesity and a jump in cesarean sections are partly to blame. “The fact that maternal deaths are rising these days is shocking” said Tim Davis, a Virginia man whose wife died after childbirth in 2000. He went on to say that “the hardest thing to understand is how in this day and age, in a modern hospital with doctors and nurses somebody can die, ‘just like that.’”
The fact is that women should not be dying in childbirth ‘just like that’ they should be well-prepared and know all the information that every woman needs to know about giving birth. The organisation behind International Women’s Day, has released a briefing paper named Maternal Death, The Avoidable Crisis.
A woman’s health adviser, Dr Carlos Menichetti has said that many childbirth related deaths in countries such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan can be prevented if there were enough service to treat women with complications during childbirth. He also said that in areas where emergency facilities have been established there has been a decline in deaths in childbirth.
The government has a duty to be raising awareness of maternal health across the world and how to keep pregnant women and their unborn child safe. Brigid McConville is the UK Director of White Ribbon Alliance, International Coalition of Maternal Health. The company has started many events across the world to help raise awareness of this issue. Naomi Campbell, who held her first Fashion for Relief Show in Africa, visited Temeke Hospital where she met mothers who had given birth on the floor because there were no hospital beds available. The main problem here is poverty. Shouldn’t the government be doing something about this? There are hospitals to deliver your baby in but no beds to deliver on.
Only 41% of all births are delivered by a health professional and in India 14.4million births a year are not attended by a skilled provider. India alone with 117,000 deaths in 2005 – which is about one fifth of the world’s total maternal deaths.
We have to do something about this, care for women and the child during pregnancy is urgently needed. This includes prevention of unsafe abortions and unplanned pregnancies. The government and local leaders need to wake up and find a solution to save these women.
This is exactly what International Women’s Day is all about, raising awareness and putting our women forward.
BEAUTY IS DIFFERENT
Let’s face it, society judges people by their appearance. We consider fat people lazy, poorly dressed people poor and we consider beautiful people, special. Why is this? Surely everyone is beautiful in their own ways. It shouldn’t matter what you look like on the outside? It’s what is on the inside that counts right?
Remember Susan Boyle? She auditioned on Britain’s Got Talent and everyone ridiculed her and had already set their minds on that she’d be a rubbish singer. In fact her singing was amazing and loved by everyone. She left the audience and judges in shock. “Never judge a book by it’s cover” is the saying…
This is where Beauty is Different comes in. BiD is a newly started campaign which raises awareness about eating disorders, mental illnesses and stereotyping etc. It was created by three students Pippa Dey, Nayha Faris and Patch Kelly.
Starting from only 35 members they have now reached 640 members and counting, a huge achievement. Their aims are to make people aware of the serious issues which teenagers nowadays are facing every single day. “Waking people up to the realities of discrimination.”
They have now also started a YouTube channel where they upload videos of the group talking on different topics.
It’s like a big family, who share their experiences and have discussions on daily life issues like suffering from an eating disorder, getting bullied or self-harming. When asked Nayha Faris, how she would sum up the campaign Beauty is Different, she said:
“I am overwhelmed and thankful for such an amazing supportive group. A group of people who are always there for each other and I’m so pleased they can finally feel free and be happy with who they are.”
Beauty is Different have had such great achievements so far with starting off from only Facebook and now holding events and gigs where all their members can meet each other and become a support system for others.
A great movement to get involved with. Email them for more information: email@example.com or follow them on Twitter @BiDCampaign and visit their Facebook group BeautyIsDifferent