Re: “For too many women, motherhood is a death sentence” (TNT, 5-7).
It is devastating that motherhood should be viewed as a death sentence, but as we can see from the devastating figures from the developing world, it is a prominent reality for many women. The biggest problem is while the issues are life-threatening, the prevention is simple: education and access.
For women, reproductive health is essential. Access to the ability to choose when to bear children can be essential to their livelihood. In many countries, it is customary to marry at a younger age than in many higher-income countries, making child-rearing part of their life at an earlier age. Complications during birth are highest among young women in developing countries.
Most birth-related complications only pertain to a fairly slim portion of the population in the United States and other developed countries. This is due to the simple fact that we have access and education. Routine check-ups reveal the need to take action, and women have the options for medication, termination or alternate routes of birth.
These options aren’t readily available to women in many countries. The best universal recommendation for women in these situations is access to family planning education and services.
It is true that “No mother should have to pay with her life for giving life.” We need to advocate and support provision of these tools for women across the world to have the option to save their own lives.