60 million women give birth each year with the assistance of a Traditional Birth Attendant or with no assistance at all.
The United Nations (W.H.O.) estimates that over 300,000 women die annually in childbirth. Developing countries account for 99% of these deaths. For every woman who dies in childbirth, another 30 women incur injuries and infections – many of which are often painful, disabling, embarrassing and lifelong.
Each day, almost 800 mothers die from complications in pregnancy and childbirth. One third of total global deaths are in two countries; India (50,000 per annum) and Nigeria (40,000 per annum)
This means that on average, 1 woman in 27 dies from pregnancy-related causes. However, 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries. Almost all of these deaths occurred in low-resource settings, and most could have been prevented.
A woman’s chance of dying from complications during pregnancy or delivery is:
1 in 15 in Chad
1 in 16 in Somalia
1 in 2,400 in the United States of America
1 in 8,100 in Australia
Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia have the highest maternal mortality rates (MMR) and the lowest levels of skilled birth attendance due to isolation, cultural choice, war, poor transport and poverty.
There are ways to help reduce these statistics, including:
- Preventing unwanted pregnancies
- Improving antenatal care
- Improving capacity for dealing with obstetric complications
- Providing clean birthing conditions
The Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia) is trying to reduce these horrific statistics through education programs and the supply of clean birthing kits.
The Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia) has been assessing the impact of birthing kits and training programs since the first kit was delivered in PNG in 1999 and the first maternal health training program was held in 2006. Over the years evidence has been gathered. To read more, please click here.