Safer birth

Safe childbirth

According to a new WHO report (2014), one third of all neonatal deaths occur in the African Region. Approximately three quarters of these deaths occur during the first week of life and almost half within the first 24 hours.
The first 28 days of life, called the neonatal period, is a very risky period for babies. For every newborn baby that dies, another 20 will face illness or disability from conditions such as birth injury, infection, the inability to breathe normally after birth, neonatal tetanus, congenital anomalies, and the complications of premature birth.

Key messages

  • Every pregnancy should be wanted.
  • All pregnant women and their infants should be able to access and receive skilled care.
  • All women should be able to reach a functioning health facility to obtain appropriate care for themselves or their newborns when complications arise during pregnancy, delivery or the postpartum period.
  • Safe pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood are basic human rights.

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Simple delivery kits can improve hygiene and conditions. Even some gloves, swabs and cord ties are valued when such simple resources are often absent. Check here our Mamakit

Maternal health

One mother dying every 2 minutes, 800 each day worldwide . These women do not need to suffer and die; most lives could be saved relatively easily and cheaply. Many mothers die as a result of conditions which would be treated routinely in other parts of the world, for example complications from high blood pressure and hemorrhage at delivery.

At Maternity Worldwide we know that there are many different reasons why women and girls don’t receive the maternal health care they need. We work alongside local communities and partners to address each of these and enable women and girls in some of the poorest rural areas of the world to give birth safely