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Awareness About The Health Of Neonates
Aug 2017
Dr Duru Shah
Director, Gynaecworld

Birthing Process In The Past
Decades ago women got pregnant, carried on their work, delivered at home, got back to their domestic chores within a few days of delivery and life went on! There were no worries of contraception, no investigations or treatment during pregnancy and no scientific backing to know if their babies were normal and healthy! They only hoped that the delivery should be safe, with no harm to the mother! Women delivered at home with about 15 per cent of them facing some complication which included death of the mother and/ or the baby.

The Birthing Scenario Today
With the advent of antibiotics, blood transfusions, safe Caesarean sections, safer hospitals, newer technologies such as ultrasound, neonatal intensive care units and genetic diagnosis, we do have better outcomes, both for mothers and their new-born baby. Hence, today our main focus is on how best we can improve the current and future health of the neonate, besides saving the lives of mothers and their new-born babies.

Significance Of Pre-Conception Counselling
Nowadays, women are advised to visit specialists before conceiving to investigate and confirm whether they are medically fit to commence the nine-month journey, without harming themselves and their future babies. Unfortunately, more than 95 per cent of couples who are ready to have a baby come only once they are on the family way!