There’s a movement promoting the importance of high quality care and how it can serve as key in keeping both mothers and newborn babies alive and well.
In this modern time, despite of advanced technologies in the field of medicine, 303,000 women die during pregnancy as well as childbirth, 2.6 million stillbirths and also 2.7 million deaths of baby on the first month of life.
And mind you, this figure is reported annually. With this said, it only proves that we should focus more on providing better care to prevent unfortunate deaths.
More and more babies are born in health facilities. As a matter of fact, new UN and partner-supported “Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health” is laser-focused on helping countries to further improve their quality of care. This is true while implementing HIPAA in protecting and respecting the dignity and rights of those who seek it.
A Word from the Big Boss
In the next paragraphs, we will be discussing shortly the recommendations given by World Health Organization (WHO) on how countries can level up their quality of care in health facilities while preventing newborn and maternal deaths.
Pregnant Women must Receive the Right Care at the Right Time
WHO suggests that women should see her health provider or OB Gyne at least 8x during pregnancy in order to quickly detect and to manage potential issues and reduce the odds of stillbirth or neonatal death. Antenatal care is offering opportunity for health workers in providing wide range of support and information to pregnant women which includes:
- Preventing Diseases
- Family Planning and;
- Healthy Lifestyles
Health Facilities should have Motivated and Well-Trained Staff
Childbirth and labor areas of health facility must be able to have competent, skilled and well-trained staffs present 24/7 in adequate staff-to-patient ratio. This is essential to accommodate the workload expected from them.
The common barriers among midwifery personnel to deliver top-notch care consist of:
- Poor pay
- Low social esteem
- Long working hours
- Lack of fully functional facility environment and;
- Extended working hours
It is crucial to focus on health workforce management and professional education which builds on experience of midwives.
Basically, this is not just applicable to such but also, to anyone that’s career is related to medical field. So for instance that you want to become the best plastic surgeon Toronto, make it a point that the clinic is complete with all the essentials it needs and staff it requires.