Maternal Care Action Group Welcomes Mental Health Inquiry Announcement

Maternal Care Action Group (MCAGNZ) spokesperson Kristina Paterson is thrilled that the promised Mental Health Inquiry is being announced today.  "For us, it's been a long time coming.  Till today, we have made submissions to the previous Government and the gaps mothers are experiencing in maternal mental health but there has been no action taken.  Our mental health system has been grossly under-funded for some time with a 60% increase in demand.  Our hope is that the inquiry will inform spending so that it's going where it will make a real difference."

Newborn syphilis cases have shot up in the United States in recent years, so an expert panel is reaffirming the need to screen all pregnant women for the infection.

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that can be passed from pregnant women to their babies—in what doctors call congenital syphilis. Since 2012, U.S. government figures show, congenital syphilis has nearly doubled.

The Central Regional Health Directorate has identified eclampsia as the leading cause of maternal deaths in the region.

Eclampsia is a condition in which one or more convulsions occur in a pregnant woman suffering from high blood pressure, often followed by coma and posing a threat to the health of mother and baby.

An author by the name Nicholas D Kristof wrote that “Maternal health generally gets minimal attention because those who die or suffer injuries overwhelmingly start with three strikes against them: They are female, they are poor, and they are rural.” Putting the perspective on the Kenyan woman, I could not agree more. Health is an important cross-cutting policy issue not only domestically, but also in the international arena. It is a precondition and an outcome and an indicator of all three dimensions of sustainable development which are economic, social and environmental prosperity for all.

Tennis superstar Serena Williams revealed she needed an emergency C-section and had multiple surgeries after giving birth to her daughter Alexis.

The day after the operation, she got terribly sick, and doctors found several small clots in her lungs.

Then she suffered another terrifying scare when her C-section scar popped open and medics found a large hematoma had flooded her abdomen. The sports star has a history of blood clots, so she was the one who raised the alarm after she found herself feeling short of breath 24 hours after becoming a mother. Serena was found to have a pulmonary embolism, and the coughing it caused meant her C-section wound popped open.

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