Family ignorance linked to maternal deaths

A “social autopsy” exercise in Bangladesh identified family decisions as a key factor in 28 cases of maternal death during pregnancy and childbirth.

A social autopsy involves asking members of the family and community about the social factors around a death in the community.

The research experiment focused on 28 maternal deaths in the Thakurgaon District in Bangladesh and was carried out by Government, which found:

-Family ignorance of symptoms.
-Family making wrong decisions in a crisis, for example, trying to have the baby delivered at home.
-Family having no plan to get to a medical facility.
-Family delaying decision making until it is too late.
The study strongly illustrates the need to ensure that families are well-informed.

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