Overview: Maternal Health and Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH)
Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is a grave complication of childbirth wherein a woman experiences excessive and uncontrollable bleeding after delivery of her baby. It affects women throughout the world. However, women living in industrialized countries are seldom at risk, and when a woman loses blood following childbirth, she will likely have enough still left to recover and live a healthy life.
On the other hand, many women living in developing countries face the risk of death from this same blood loss after childbirth. Anemia is an underlying cause of PPH, and because so many women living in developing countries suffer from anemia, considerable blood loss after childbirth may kill a mother. If a woman begins labor with a low amount of blood in her body and then loses a considerable amount of blood during childbirth, she may not have enough blood left to live.
PPH accounts for 13.4% of maternal deaths in developed countries, compared with 33.9% of maternal deaths in Africa, 30.8% of maternal deaths in Asia, and 25.7% of maternal deaths in Latin America. As the number one leading cause of deaths during childbirth, PPH takes the lives of more than 800,000 mothers every year, leaving many children forever without their mothers.
A pregnant woman’s body is truly wondrous – but if she is weak at the start of labor from anemia and nutritional deficiency, her body cannot withstand the stress and endurance demanded upon her. When a mother’s body becomes too strained to go on, her uterus cannot contract naturally. Contractions are critical during childbirth. Not only do they help a mother push out her baby, they are essential to stopping blood loss following delivery. Without contractions, blood flows uncontrollably once the placenta is delivered. And without the right tools to stop the blood, mothers die.
The Salt Creek International Women’s Health Foundation created a medical device (a paracervical clamp set) so that all mothers can overcome and defeat PPH. It’s simple: we’ve created a practical and simple technology that saves mothers from the death and disability caused by PPH. It is more than a cause, it’s a solution.
Read more about our project here.