In our last class we briefly discussed how giving birth is not celebrated, or recognized as a great feat like battling of cancer or surviving a disease. I thought about this some more over the course of the week and realized that we should be celebrating motherhood and one’s ability to deliver a baby safely. However, the difference between labor and diseases like cancer is that cancer is intended to kill you,childbirth on the otherhand is not.
I read a BBC article on how scientists are working towards understanding the reasons why some women have very easy births and some women have long hard labors that end in emergency delivery. The scientists are trying to figure out in detail, exactly how the womb works, so that they can learn more about prematurity, miscarriages, stillborns etcetera. According to the article, emergency caesarean births have risen by 50% in the last 30 years. At the centre for better births at the women’s hospital in Liverpool, a team of 20 scientists are looking at how the womb’s contractions are regulated and controlled. The article discussed determining having predictors for when a birth would be difficult (like the way they have biomarkers for diseases).
Going back to the class discussion on how and why certain people don’t die in childbirth, would expecting mothers in low income countries be a part of this research? Is this research going to encompass all people? are environmental and economic factors considered? ( availability of personnel and equipment/medicine, and like what happened with Monique?) How can these women be included? would this research only include women in middle/high income countries where maternal mortality is not as high?