I am currently trying to finalize an article on maternal and perinatal health and mortality for thepoc.net. Briefly, I found out that at least 4,000-4,500 women and 20,000-30,000 babies die every year due to the mother's malnutrition during pregnancy, and complications arising from the delivery as well as pre-term birth and low birth weight.
Sad isn't it?
And the powers that be who are responsible in addressing this still seems to have their blinds closed. Politicians are all saying they're going to address this (at least, Mike Defensor was) but despite the women Presidents we've had, and the multitude of women senators, this continues to be a lesser priority.
I will admit I haven't even read the Reproductive Health Bill in its entirety, but I fully support it now because it is just really imperative these women and children are saved.
Anyway, I am a lucky woman that I was born in a middle-class family. I grew up having choices and practicing those choices. My body was mine and mine to give... And throughout my difficult pregnancy, I had access to great medical care. My son continue to enjoy great medical care as well as proper nutrition and a healthy environment.