A study that appeared in the journal PLOS Medicine says the lack of safe water and hygiene during birth is proving to be harmful, even fatal to mothers and newborns in the developing world. Last year, an estimated 289,000 women died from complications related to child birth.
In a flagship paper, 16 researchers from various organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), made vital suggestions to deal with the issue. Yael Velleman, senior policy analyst, sanitation and health, at WaterAid stated that even though we’ve known about the importance of clean water and good hygiene during birth since the Victorian times, today thousands of mothers give birth in places where doctors and midwives do not have access to clean water.
The team has urged world leaders to protect the lives of expectant mothers and babies, by improving access to safe water, basic sanitation and hygiene at health care facilities and homes.