oa Professional Nursing Today - The role of the midwife in preventing maternal mortality : midwifery



Many pregnant women die each year in South Africa as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. Non-pregnancy related infections, complications of hypertension, obstetric haemorrhage, pregnancy-related sepsis and pre-existing maternal disease are the five common causes for maternal deaths in South Africa. A large proportion of these deaths are preventable. Many deaths can be avoided if the problems are recognized and treated sooner rather than later. Midwives play a crucial role in the care of pregnant women, from the first antenatal visit right through to the delivery and the postpartum period. Midwives are the one group of health care workers than can impact on this problem.


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