According to research, childbirth is the second most painful experience in the world which comes after being burnt alive, so it’s quite understandable when you hear that a woman almost lost her life in the process.
The most recent woman to have gone through such ordeal is our very own Tennis star, Serena Williams, who we heard almost lost her life after childbirth.
Wife to Reddit co-founder revealed to CNN that she “almost died” after giving birth to her daughter last September.
Williams had previously revealed some of the complications she had after giving birth but offered more details about an experience that has since inspired her to speak out about the importance of affordable child care.
“I almost died after giving birth to my daughter, Olympia,” Williams, 36, wrote in the opening line of her article.
Williams was bedridden for six weeks from a series of complications, including a pulmonary embolism that led to multiple surgeries, after her daughter was delivered by emergency cesarean section.
“I am so grateful I had access to such an incredible medical team of doctors and nurses at a hospital with state-of-the-art equipment,” said Williams.
“They knew exactly how to handle this complicated turn of events. If it weren’t for their professional care, I wouldn’t be here today.”
Williams is very lucky to have come out of it alive as a lot of women have lost their lives due to complications during and after childbirth.
Remember our dearest Nollywood actress, Moji Olaiya, who lost her life after suffering post-childbirth complications. The actress died in Canada on May 17, two months after delivering her second daughter.
Shortly after, another Nollywood actress, Funke Abisogun, passed on few day after giving birth to a baby.
So we are wondering? Why do women die after childbirth and why is this unfortunate event on the rise?
The death of a woman during pregnancy, at delivery, or soon after delivery is a tragedy for her family and for society as a whole. And according to experts, the majority of maternal deaths are due to haemorrhage, infection, unsafe abortion, and eclampsia (very high blood pressure leading to seizures), or from health complications worsened in pregnancy. In all these cases, unavailable, inaccessible, unaffordable, or poor quality care is fundamentally responsible.
What can women do to prevent a pregnancy-related death?
Many factors influence pregnancy-related health outcomes. It is important for all women of reproductive age to adopt healthy lifestyles (e.g., maintain a healthy diet and weight, be physically active, quit all substance use, prevent injuries) and address any health problems before getting pregnant.
The vast majority of maternal deaths could be prevented if women had access to quality family planning services; skilled care during pregnancy, childbirth and after delivery; or post-abortion care and where permissible, safe abortion services. Increased attention for women living in conflict situations, or under humanitarian crisis is needed because a working health system with skilled personnel is key to saving these women’s lives.
A healthy pregnancy begins before conception and continues with prenatal care, along with early recognition and management of complications if they arise. Health care providers can help women prepare for pregnancy and for any potential problems during pregnancy. Early initiation of prenatal care by pregnant women and continuous monitoring of pregnancy by health providers are key to helping to prevent and treat severe pregnancy-related complications.