Pune: Rise in institutional deliveries, yet maternal mortality high, say experts

In the last five years, institutional deliveries have increased from 40 to 80 per cent. Despite this, maternal mortality rate is 139 per lakh population in the country and at least 17 per cent of pregnant women are suffering from obesity and diabetes — further carrying the risk of transferring the diseases to the baby.

Dr C N Purandare, chairperson of International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) was speaking on the inaugural day of the three-day conference on ‘Best Practices, Breakthroughs and Current Dilemmas in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (OBGYC)’, organised by the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FOGSI) and FIGO.

Dr Charuchandra Joshi, President, Pune Obstetric and Gynaecology Society and Dr Alka Kriplani, President FOGSI, said, “There have been several recent advances in the management of infertility, cancer, safe motherhood and neonatal care.” Dr Bharati Dhorepatil, Vice President of FOGSI, said that maternal mortality and obesity during pregnancy were two major challenges for the practitioner. “Post Part Haemorrhage (PPH), that is bleeding after delivery, makes the situation very critical and is among the leading cause of maternal mortality,” she said.

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