Even with the development of modern technology and medicine, many pregnant women are still unable to receive proper care for themselves and their unborn child. This might come as a shock to some, considering the fact that many have access to motor vehicles or public transportation. But having the means to get to the hospital isn't the only issue— it's also the fact that there isn't one within a safe distance from home.
Time investigated this in America, and the facts are heartbreaking. Women who live in rural parts of the country experience this hardship the most. After conducting research over the span of ten years, it was revealed that many hospitals located in less urbanized areas had no active maternity ward. This ends up posing serious issues to pregnant mothers and their newborns.
If you've ever been pregnant and given birth to a child, then you're well aware of how many appointments, check-ins, examinations, and ultrasounds happen over that nine-month period. There are many pregnant women who don't experience such difficulty being examined by a healthcare professional. However, that cannot be said about every woman in the world.
Diving deeper into this unfortunate reality, it's been discovered that pregnant women who don't have immediate access to a hospital or healthcare facility that specializes in obstetric care forgo those appointments. Instead, they only seek medical assistance once they go into labor. Sadly, this decision can potentially lead to complications and/or possible infant deaths. Not to mention the fact that most consultations with doctors allow for the opportunity to scan for possible birth defects or other illnesses related to pregnancy.
Fortunately, there are efforts currently in development in an attempt to improve these dangerous situations. One of the ways is through technology, and that includes telecommunication services that will allow pregnant women and healthcare professionals to converse. Therefore, while these women may not be able to meet with a doctor face-to-face, they still can receive information and steps to increase the likelihood of having a healthy pregnancy. This form of communication could also be used in the event of an emergency.
It's clear that it's going to take some time before such advancements become reality. But hopefully, they'll be available sooner than later. After all, what matters most is more women delivering healthy babies, regardless of where they live.